Tianwa Yang, Virginia Symphony Chorus, Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players, Falletta

The Soldier’s Tale – Suite / Octet / Les Noces

Stravinsky

Artists: Tianwa Yang, Rebecca Nash, Robynne Redmon, Robert Breault, Denis Sedov, Andre-Michel Schub, Lydia Artymiw, Josu de Solaun, Anna Petrova, Virginia Symphony Chorus, Les Noces Percussion Ensemble, Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players
Label: Naxos
Release: 2016

The three works on this recording were composed at a crucial juncture in Stravinsky’s musical life. The Soldier’s Tale, a small-scale theatrical work for instrumental septet, narrator and two speakers completed in 1918. It is performed here in the suite premièred in 1920. The Octet marked a new element in Stravinsky’s writing, inaugurating a turn to neo-classicism, whilst Les Noces (The Wedding) is a ballet cantata impelled by dramatic motor rhythms, and once again saturated in his Russian background. Scored for pitched and unpitched percussion, vocal soloists, and mixed chorus, it is a pivotal work in Stravinsky’s development.

... this is a clear and enlightening performance ..."
David Nice
BBC Music Magazine

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