Stravinsky: Three Greek Ballets / Robert Craft, Et Al

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I can't think of another conductor I would rather hear in this music than Robert Craft, not just because he is more respectful of the...

I can't think of another conductor I would rather hear in this music than Robert Craft, not just because he is more respectful of the text than just about anyone else, but because he has the confidence and integrity to respect the music's understated idiom--to suggest rather than announce--as well as a keen understanding of the rhythmic element that underpins it all. This last factor is particularly critical in Apollo, music whose extreme stylization can become a caricature if taken too slowly or denied the necessary lightness and grace. Craft's supple leadership keeps the piece moving along smartly, with a firm lyrical line threading through the acres of ornament. In Agon, his careful observance of dynamics ensures that the difficult-to-capture licks for harp and mandoline register with complete naturalness and clarity. Orpheus, one of Stravinsky's most striking and luminous pieces, has a cool beauty that Craft realizes particularly well, again by taking care over matters of phrasing and balance. I could be very specific as to the scores, but suffice it to say that just about every page contains relevant examples of what I am describing. More importantly, with excellent playing and sonics, all at a budget price, if you want this music you can't do better. [5/27/2005]--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 17, 2005


  • UPC: 747313250226


  • Catalog Number: 8557502


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: ""


  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky


  • Conductor: Robert Craft


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's


  • Performer: Lso/Orch Of St Lukes/Craft