Subcollection: Orchestra 1 CD, 2CD 1-6 - Philadelphia Orchestra- Riccardo Muti
2 CD - 7- 17 - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Sir Neville Marriner /
Yvonne Kenny, Soprano / Robert Tear, Tenor / Robert Lloyd, Bass /
• Stravinsky’s collaboration with Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes was a very fruitful one. The Firebird was their first production together in a Paris season of ballet and opera. Soon to be followed by Petrushka, which was as successful.
• A third project caused somewhat of a stir not to say a riot. Both music and Nijinsky’s choreography of Le Sacre du Printemps (The rite of Spring, 1913) led to a noisy controversy in the audience. Yet this score has now become one of Stravinsky’s most popular works.
• Pulcinella, once more written for Diaghilev’s company, is based on themes at the time contributed to Pergolesi. Here Stravinsky’s neo-Baroque style shows a superb and inventive arranger. As do both orchestral suites with arrangements of his own music (3 and 5 Easy Pieces) for piano four hands.
• Stylish performances of these highlights from Stravinsky’s repertoire by the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Academy of St. Martins-in-the-Fields.