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Friday, August 4, 2017

Igor Stravinsky - Ballet Music (Claudio Abbado)


Composer: Igor Stravinsky

  • (01-11) Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)
  • (12-17) L'Oiseau de feu (The Firebird)
  • (18-20) Jeu de cartes
  • (01-15) Pétrouchka
  • (16-34) Pulcinella

Leslie Howard, piano (Pétrouchka)
Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano; Ryland Davies, tenor; John Shirley-Quirk, bass (Pulcinella)
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor

Date: 1972-1980
Label: Deutsche Grammophon



PERFORMANCE: ***** / SOUND: ****

Chalk and cheese from Stravinsky in the second decade of the century. Amid a surfeit of Rites, Abbado pays particular attention to timbral detail that includes a persuasive roughness when required. Even the sometimes eccentric Seventies-style close balance and spotlighting add valid vigour. Surprisingly, perhaps, there are several complete Pulcinellas around; Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle SO (on Delos) even offer the same coupling. But again Abbado provides an infectious enthusiasm and clarity hard to beat.

-- Keith Potter, BBC Music Magazine


Abbado's splendid Petrushka was among the very first CDs to be reviewed in these pages. Robert Layton extended a warm welcome in March 1983. The fact that it appeared with no coupling didn't seem to bother him unduly at the time; I've no doubt that it would today. [...] The Petrushka is full of sensitive and dramatic detail: I don't know of a more intense account of the poignant scene in Petrushka's tiny backstage 'cell'—all shadow and nervous apprehensiveness. Nor have we seen any more clearly into the elaborate texturing of the outer tableaux (this is the more lavishly scored original version); the tactility of the inner-part writing is constantly arresting.

-- Edward Seckerson, Gramophone


This is an excellent Stravinsky collection on all counts. Claudio Abbado's recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra represent the high-water mark of his career, and DG captured the partnership in generally fine sound. This recording of the complete Pulcinella, with the songs included, set an entirely new standard for the work, and its excellence has worn very well in the couple of decades since its initial release. The performance of Jeu de Cartes (Card Game) also should win many new friends for this entertaining late work. As to the Big Three ballets, all of them were among the most recommendable versions when they first came out, and they still are.

-- David Hurwitz, Amazon Editorial Review


Igor Stravinsky (17 June [O.S. 5 June] 1882 – 6 April 1971) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913). Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. His output is typically divided into three general style periods: a Russian period, a neoclassical period, and a serial period.


Claudio Abbado (26 June 1933 – 20 January 2014) was an Italian conductor. One of the most celebrated and respected conductors of the 20th century, he served as music director of the La Scala opera house in Milan, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Vienna State Opera, and principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra. Abbado performed a wide range of Romantic works and recorded extensively for a variety of labels.


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