STRAVINSKY
Oedipus Rex & Les Noces
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ICMA 2011 Winner Best Choral Work
Best Classical Recordings The Telegraph
***** Opéra Magazine

  • Les Noces

    Valery Gergiev conductor
    Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus

    Mlada Khudoley soprano
    Olga Savova mezzo-soprano
    Alexander Timchenko tenor
    Andrei Serov bass

    Alexander Mogilevsky piano
    Svetlana Smolina piano
    Yulia Zaichkina piano
    Maxim Mogilevsky piano

    Oedipus Rex

    Valery Gergiev conductor
    Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus

    Gérard Depardieu Narrator
    Sergei Semishkur Oedipus
    Ekaterina Sememchuk Jocasta
    Evgeny Nikitin Creon
    Mikhail PetrenkoTiresias
    Evgeny Nikitin Messenger
    Alexander Timchenko Shepherd

  • Total duration 73m49s

    Catalogue number MAR0510
    UPC 822231851028

    Recorded December 2009 & February 2010 in the Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
    Sung in French & Latin. Libretto in Russian, English and French

    James Mallinson producer
    Classic Sound Ltd recording, editing & mastering
    Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson engineers
    Ian Watson & Jenni Whiteside audio editors

    Includes multi-channel 5.1 and stereo mixes.
    Notes in English / en Francais / на русском языке

  • Best Classical Recordings List The Telegraph

    ICMA Award 2011 - Best Choral Work
    'These performances produce an enormous impression, Oedipus Rex bewitches the power of its influence and insuperable sensation of fatal tragedy, whereas Les Noces incarnates true Russian ritual, without interrupting the connection of Russian folklore with the aesthetics of modern society.' ICMA Awards

    ***** 'À ces fins entendements, Gergiev ajoute une vie organique, presque un suspense... Il [Gergiev] prend le néoclassicisme à bras-le-corps et en propose un intelligent portrait : dans un discours qui avance implacablement, l'exposition, pleinement assumée, d'un langage mort se conjugue à un dense matériau, riche de dynamiques et de plans sonores.' Opera Magazine

    'Gergiev has made it central to his repertoire, and this performance, has idiomatic vocal forces, essential for this fundamentally Russian work... the Mariinsky Chorus and players relish the primitivist rhythmic verve of this singular masterpiece.'
    Sunday Times

    'You can actually tell that the language in question in Russian, which is no mean achievement. Marry that with crisp playing from the pianos and percussion, and sensible tempos that offer plenty of excitement but also promote clarity of diction, and the result is tremendous, and very effectively recorded.' ClassicsToday

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SACD hybrid
- Oedipus Rex
- Les Noces

Valery Gergiev, Sergei Semishkur, Gérard Depardieu, Mariinsky Soloists, Orchestra & Chorus

Less than four years separate the premieres of Les Noces and Oedipus Rex, yet they each represent high-points in two distinct phases of Stravinsky's career.

Although the concept of Les Noces is highly innovative – a 'dance cantata' – the music remains rooted in Russian folk traditions. Choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska and dedicated to Diaghilev, whose Ballet Russes gave the premiere, 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 neoclassical period. It was a major change in his compositional style, influenced in part by the loss of 'Russian identity' following his emigration. It is sung in Latin with Jean Cocteau's original French narration spoken here by Gérard Depardieu.

Mariinsky label recordings are made available by LSO Live
We are grateful to Yoko Ceschina for her generous support

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