Stravinsky – Ansermet: The First Decca Recordings


Stravinsky – Ansermet: The First Decca Recordings
Ernest Ansermet
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4803775
Barcode
00028948037759
Format
4-CD
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IGOR STRAVINSKY
CD 1
Petrushka (1911 version) rec. 1949
Le Sacre du Printemps rec. 1950
Circus Polka rec. 1951

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet

CD 2
L’Oiseau de feu: Suite (1919) rec. 1950
Divertimento from ‘Le Baiser de la fée’ rec. 1951
Renard rec. 1955 (sung in French)
Michel Sénéchal, Hugues Cuénod, tenors
Heinz Rehfuss, baritone
Xavier Depraz, bass
Istvan Arato, cimbalom
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet

CD 3
Oedipus Rex rec. 1955
Ernst Haefliger, tenor (Oedipus)
Hélène Bouvier, mezzo soprano (Jocasta)
James Loomis, bass-baritone (Créon & Messenger)
André Vessières, bass (Tiresias)
Hugues Cuénod, tenor (Shepherd)
Paul Pasquier, speaker (Narrator)
Société Chorale du Brassus

Divertimento from ‘Le Baiser de la fée’ rec. 1962
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet

CD 4
Petrushka (1911 version, with Ernest Christensen, piano) rec. 1946 
L’Oiseau de feu: Suite (1910/1919) rec. 1946
Symphonie de psaumes rec. 1947
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Ernest Ansermet

Recording information

Recording Producers: Victor Olof (Le Sacre du Printemps, L’Oiseau de feu: Suite: 1950 recording, Circus Polka, Divertimento: 1951 recording, Petrushka: 1946 recording, L’Oiseau de feu: Suite: both recordings, Symphony of Psalms, Oedipus Rex); James Walker (Renard); Michael Bremner (Divertimento: 1962 recording); unknown (Petrushka: 1949 recording)
Balance Engineers: Gil Went (Le Sacre du Printemps, L’Oiseau de feu: Suite: 1950 recording, Circus Polka, Oedipus Rex); Arthur Haddy (Divertimento: 1951 recording); Roy Wallace (Oedipus Rex); Roy Wallace (Renard, Divertimento: 1962 recording); Kenneth Wilkinson (Petrushka: 1946 recording, L’Oiseau de feu: Suite: 1946 recording, Symphony of Psalms); unknown (Petrushka: 1949 recording)
Recording Locations: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, February 1946 (Petrushka: 1946 recording), December 1946 (L’Oiseau de feu: Suite: 1946 recording), October 1947 (Symphony of Psalms); Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, November 1949 (Petrushka: 1949 recording), October 1950 (Le Sacre du Printemps, L’Oiseau de feu: Suite: 1950 recording), March 1951 (Circus Polka, Divertimento: 1951 recording), May 1955 (Oedipus Rex), October 1955 (Renard), May 1962 (Divertimento: 1962 recording)

Reviews

‘The outstanding feature of this recorded performance is its clarity and incisiveness … this is a most commendable issue’ (L’Oiseau de Feu: Suite rec. 1950) Gramophone

‘This new recording of Stravinsky’s masterpiece – which will become, I am sure, the first big landmark in the history of LP – lights up the orchestral colours with unprecedented vividness and perspective, and all the details of the score are wonderfully clear and excellently balanced … this performance has atmosphere over and above fine playing’ (Petrushka rec. 1949) Gramophone

‘it is with relish and gratitude that we welcome this new issue of one of the master’s greatest works … this performance is full of nobility’ (Symphony of Psalms, rec. 1947) Gramophone

‘thoroughly well recorded’ (Circus Polka rec. 1951) Gramophone