Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring, The Nightingale / Craft

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Robert Craft's performance of The Rite of Spring, rescued from oblivion on Koch, proves that in the early ballets he can be both accurate as well as exciting. Extremely well played by the London Symphony, seldom have the complex textures in the Introduction to Part One or the Ritual of the Rival Tribes sounded so clear and natural. And yet, in the Dance of the Earth, or the concluding Sacrificial Dance, Craft pulls out all of the stops to really impressive effect. The sonics are excellent, both here and in The Nightingale--this latter a beautiful, neglected piece that sounds much better in its original operatic form than in its later, formally somewhat dysfunctional symphonic dress. Once again Craft leads a superb performance of the orchestral part, and the singers are mostly fine. Olga Trifonova's bright soprano does well by the nightingale, but Robert Tear and Pippa Longworth, as the fisherman and the cook, sound vocally stressed despite being clearly involved in their parts. Still, with transliterated text and English translation, this is a very good deal. --David Hurwitz,

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 8557501

  • UPC: 747313250127

  • Label: Naxos

  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky

  • Conductor: Robert Craft

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra

  • Performer: Andrew Greenan, Olga Trifonova, Paul Whelan, Peter Hall, Pippa Longworth, Robert Tear, Sally Burgess, Simon Preece, Stephen Richardson