Friday, December 2, 2016

Stravinsky, Igor. (1882-1971) Ballet music. TOP RECOMMENDATION.

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 25-3-2013. CD 24.
Second listen: 2-12-2016.
First listen: 4-4-2013. CD 25.
Second listen: 2-12-2016.
Label: DECCA.
Recording dates: June 1980 & May 1981 & October 1982.
Recording venue: Auditorium Detroit, USA.
Recording engineers: John Dunkerley & James Lock. 
Running time: 43:34 & 68:07.
Classical relevance: Essential, reference recordings.

Works performed:
The Firebird.
Petrouchka.
The Rite of the Spring.

Works performed by:
Detroit SO, Antal Dorati.

Again perfect performances, in state of the art sound. It was the glory time of the famous DECCA engineers. Not a single recording in this box suffers from bad sound, they are all reference class. And the same goes for the performances, for Dorati delivers, and how! It is as if this man has grown into the score and made his body and mind one with these ballets. These are by no means easy works to perform and in the case of the Rite of the Spring a technical tour de force. The last is also the most resistant to connect with.  I admire the accomplishment, have a huge respect for the intricate score, but fail to feel anything beyond that. I connect with it, but over the lines of amazement how a composer can write such a wonderful and yet such a cold composition. It doesn't in any way diminish my admiration, no, not at all. But I can not close my eyes and swoon in the music, there are simply too many details to concentrate on.
Not so with the other two works, in this I find a kindred spirit towards ballet music. This is truly a performance every ballet lover must have.





Salvatore, Giovanni. (c.1610-1688) Works for Harpsichord and Organ, plus a Missa.

New acquisition. Date of purchase: November 2017. First listen: 22-11-2017. Label: Glossa. Recording dates: October 1998 & June 1999...