Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex; Pizzetti: Preludes for Oedipus Rex / Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

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Both Pizzetti and Stravinsky were drawn to the subject of Oedipus Rex, but in very different contexts. The 24-year-old Pizzetti was commissioned to write Three Orchestral Preludes for use in a theatrical production. He wrote with an austere sense of orchestral colour, devoid of impressionism that favours the vaguely archaic, with modal inflections. Stravinsky’s opera-oratorio was written in his neo-Classical style, with a central role for narrator. In a stark, stylised and formal setting, the use of Latin, and Stravinsky’s instruction for the leading characters to wear masks, add timeless, impersonal elements to a work that culminates in catharsis.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: July 21, 2023

  • Catalog Number: DYN-CDS7981

  • UPC: 8007144079819

  • Label: Dynamic

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: Ildebrando Pizzetti, Igor Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau

  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

  • Performer: AJ Glueckert, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Alex Esposito