Stravinsky dedicated Les Noces 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 is sung here in Latin with Jean Cocteau s original French narration spoken by the well- known actor Gérard Depardieu. 'Les Noces is one of the finest - fabulously precise even at his lethally fast speeds, and thrilling in its Dionysian elation and frenzy. Gerard Depardieu is very grand as the Narrator in Oedipus Rex,.
Les Noces is a ballet and orchestral concert work composed by Igor Stravinsky for percussion, pianists, chorus, and vocal soloists. The composer gave it the descriptive title "Choreographed Scenes with Music and Voices" and dedicated it to impresario Sergei Diaghilev. Though initially intended to serve as a ballet score, it is often performed without dance.
Les Noces, the final work from the composer's "Russian" period, draws heavily on Russian folk material, deployed with the kind of raw rhythmic primitivism of Le Sacre du printemps. Sergei Semishkur's Oedipus does not make an especially strong beginning, but he gathers gravitas and force as the opera progresses. Evgeny Nikitin shines as Creon and the Messenger.
Album · 1966 · 18 Songs. Robert Craft, Mildred Allen, Adrienne Albert, Columbia Percussion Ensemble, Jack Litten, William Metcalf, The Gregg Smith Singers, The Ithaca College Concert Choir & Gregg Smith. 15. Les noces, Pt. 1: Premier tableau. Chez la mariée (La Tresse). 16. 1: Deuxieme tableau. 17. 1: Troisieme tableau. Le Départ de la mariée. 18. 2: Quatrieme tableau. 18 Songs, 50 Minutes.
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By Igor Stravinsky, Gerard Depardieu, Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra. 1. Les Noces: Part I, Scene I, The Brides Chamber. 2. Les Noces: Part I, Scene II, At the Bridegroom's. 3. Les Noces: Part I, Scene III, The Bride's Departure. 4. Les Noces: Part II, Scene IV, The Wedding Feast. 7. Oedipus Rex: Act I, "Oedipe interroge la fontaine.
Igor Feodorovich Stravinsky was born in Oranienbaum (now Lomonosov), a Baltic resort near St Petersburg, on 5 June (17 June, New Style) 1882, the third son of Feodor Stravinsky, one of the principal basses at the Maryinsky (later Kirov) Theatre in St Petersburg. Although Stravinsky’s first substantial composition was a Symphony in E flat, written in 1906 under the tutelage of Rimsky-Korsakov, it was The Firebird, a ballet commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev and premiered by his Ballets Russes in Paris in 1910, that brought Stravinsky into sudden international prominence. Two choral-orchestral works – the oratorio Oedipus Rex (1927) and the Symphony of Psalms (1930) – showed that he could also work on an epic scale; and it was not long before he tackled a purely orchestral Symphony in C (1938), which was followed within four years by the Symphony in Three Movements.
|B||Les Noces / The Wedding / Die Hochzeit||25:01|
|C||Oedipus Rex (Beginning)||24:05|
|D||Oedipus Rex (Conclusion)||26:14|
- Choir – The American Concert Choir (tracks: B)
- Composed By, Conductor – Igor Stravinsky
- Conductor [Choir] – Margaret Hillis (tracks: B)
- Ensemble – Columbia Percussion Ensemble (tracks: B)
- Narrator – John Westbrook (tracks: C, D)
- Orchestra – CBC Symphony Orchestra (tracks: A), Chorus And Orchestra Of The Opera Society Of Washington D.C.* (tracks: C, D)
- Performer – Chester Watson (tracks: C, D), Donald Gramm (tracks: C, D), George Shirley (tracks: C, D), John Reardon (tracks: C, D), Loren Driscoll (tracks: B, to D), Mary Simmons (tracks: A), Mildred Allen (tracks: B), Patricia Rideout (tracks: A), Regina Sarfaty (tracks: B), Robert Oliver (tracks: B), Shirley Verrett (tracks: C, D), Stanley Kolk (tracks: A), Susan Belinck (tracks: A)
- Piano – Aaron Copland (tracks: B), Lukas Foss (tracks: B), Roger Sessions (tracks: B), Samuel Barber (tracks: B)
- Producer – John McClure