Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex & Les Noces

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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex & Les Noces

Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex & Les Noces

Overview

ICMA 2011 Award Winner - Best Choral Work
***** Opera Magazine

Valery Gergiev, Sergei Semishkur, Gérard Depardieu

Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

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24 May 2010


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Less than four years separate the premieres of Les Noces and Oedipus Rex, yet they each represent high-points in two distinct phases of Stravinsky’s career. Although the concept of Les Noces is highly innovative – a ‘dance cantata’ – the music remains rooted in Russian folk traditions. Stravinsky dedicated the ballet to Diaghilev, whose Ballet Russes gave the premiere, and it marks the crowning glory of Stravinsky’s so-called ‘second Russian period’. The opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex is the first great work of Stravinsky’s neo-classical period. It features a major change in his compositional style, influenced in part by the loss of ‘Russian identity’ following his emigration. It is sung in Latin with Jean Cocteau’s original French narration spoken here by Gérard Depardieu.

We are grateful to Yoko Ceschina for her generous support


Artists

Les Noces

Valery Gergiev conductor
Andrei Petrenko
 Principal Chorus Master
Natalia Domskaya
 Principal Vocal Coach

Mlada Khudoley
 soprano
Olga Savova
 mezzo-soprano
Alexander Timchenko
 tenor
Andrei Serov
 bass
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Chorus

Alexander Mogilevsky
 piano
Svetlana Smolina
 piano
Yulia Zaichkina
 piano
Maxim Mogilevsky
 piano

Oedipus Rex

Valery Gergiev conductor
Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus
Andrei Petrenko Principal Chorus Master
Natalia Domskaya
 Principal Vocal Coach
Natalia Mordashova Vocal Coach

Gérard Depardieu, Narrator
Sergei Semishku Oedipus, tenor
Ekaterina Sememchuk
Jocasta, mezzo-soprano
Evgeny Nikitin Creon, bass-baritone
Mikhail Petrenko Tiresias, bass
Evgeny Nikitin Messenger, bass-baritone
Alexander Timchenko Sheperd, tenor

 


Recording Details

Les Noces

James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd engineers

Recorded December 2009, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

Notes in Russian (Cyrillic), English and French.
Libretto in Russian (Cyrillic) and English.

Oedipus Rex

James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd engineers

Recorded December 2009 and February 2010, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

Notes in Russian (Cyrillic), English and French
Libretto in Russian (Cyrillic) Latin, English and French

Catalogue number - MAR0510
UPC - 822231851028

 


Reviews

ICMA Award 2011 - Best Choral Work 'These performances produce an enormous impression, Oedipus Rex bewitches the power of its influence and insuperable sensation of fatal tragedy, whereas Les Noces incarnates true Russian ritual, without interrupting the connection of Russian folklore with the aesthetics of modern society' ICMA Awards

***** ‘À ces fins entendements, Gergiev ajoute une vie organique, presque un suspense ... Il [Gergiev] prend le néoclassicisme à bras-le-corps et en propose un intelligent portrait : dans un discours qui avance implacablement, l’exposition, pleinement assumée, d’un langage mort se conjugue à un dense matériau, riche de dynamiques et de plans sonores’
Opera Magazine
(France)

'Gergiev has made it central to his repertoire, and this performance, has idiomatic vocal forces, essential for this fundamentally Russian work ... the Mariinsky Chorus and players relish the primitivist rhythmic verve of this singular masterpiece' Sunday Times (UK)

‘you can actually tell that the language in question in Russian, which is no mean achievement. Marry that with crisp playing from the pianos and percussion, and sensible tempos that offer plenty of excitement but also promote clarityof diction, and the result is tremendous, and very effectively recorded’ ClassicsToday (US)



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