Stravinsky: Persephone; Dukas: Overture 'Polyeucte'. BBC Music, Warner Classics.
He understands that contrasts between stasis and sudden movement are fundamental to "Persephone," and his reading has both rhythmic vitality and weight. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and the various choirs can stand comparison with the best of other versions, and Paul Groves is a fine tenor soloist. But Davis's trump card is the Persephone of Nicole Tibbels, the most successful of any I've heard.
The melodrama Perséphone is perhaps Stravinsky's greatest neoclassical achievement, a wonderfully austere treatment of the myth, to a text by André Gide that is sung by a tenor (Paul Groves here) and chorus, while the role of Perséphone is declaimed by a female reciter (the excellent Nicole Tibbels). Balance is always tricky, but the sound on this disc is far better than anyone in the Albert Hall last August could possibly have enjoyed. BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Perséphone (Persephone) is a musical work (mélodrame) for speaker, solo singers, chorus, dancers and orchestra with music by Igor Stravinsky and a libretto by André Gide. It was first performed under the direction of the composer at the Opéra in Paris, on 30 April 1934 in a double bill with the ballet Diane de Poitiers by Jacques Ibert.
STRAVINSKY - Rite Of Spring/Firebird - CD Album - Stravinsky Conducts. Pierre Boulez conducts Stravinsky: Petrushka & Pulcinella Suite - CDLX7343. Stravinsky - Persephone (Dukas Overture Polyeucte) CD - Very Good Condition. Cbs 76418 stravinsky firebird ballet lp boulez NM (1975) germany.
Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Perséphone Paul DUKAS (1865-1935) Overture Polyeucte Paul Groves (tenor); Nicole Tibbels (speaker) Cantate Youth Choir; Trinity Boys’ Choir BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Sir Andrew Davis (Stravinsky) and Jan Pascal Tortelier (Dukas) Recorded in the Royal Albert Hall (live) August 10th 2003 WARNER CLASSICS 8-2 . Beautiful choral writing like nothing I have ever heard in Stravinsky. Its melodic charm seems set in another world, which indeed it is as Persephone lies asleep beside the banks of the Lethe.
Stravinsky: Perséphone. Pentatone: PTC5186688. Andrew Staples & Pauline Cheviller, Finnish National Opera, Esa-Pekka Salonen. This album was recorded live during the Helsinki Festival 2017 with a star cast featuring English tenor Andrew Staples and French actress Pauline Cheviller. They join forces with the Finnish National Opera’s chorus, children’s chorus and orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in a breath-taking performance that lifts out the piece’s transformative power.
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