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Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

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Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)
Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by Thierry Fischer; Soloists of the Kirov Opera

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9488 | Time: 00:59:44

This CD offers a rare opportunity to hear Igor Stravinsky's opera buffa, 'Mavra.' At only 28 minutes, the opera is short, but interesting. By scoring the orchestra with full winds and just a handful of strings, Stravinsky molded the usually romantic opera genre into his cool, neoclassical form. Both the singing and the playing are highly energetic, and contain a certain wittiness. Conductor Thierry Fischer does something quite amazing: instead of the usual separation between voice and pit orchestra, Fischer puts the orchestra in direct dialogue with the stage action, creating an incredible integration. The 'Octet' and 'Concertino', more standard works, are also well played. Attacks and articulations are so very clean, and it was this cleanliness that attracted Stravinsky to wind instruments in the first place. Unlike other Stravinsky recordings, this one has the vitality and moodiness that make the notes sparkle. One always feels a sense of propulsion. In the 'Concertino', this rhythmic drive is contrasted beautifully with eerie string lines. The 'Octet' manages to achieve a perfect chamber music feel. The ensemble never forces the sound, and the result is an elegant, interesting and contagious performance. The same could be said for the whole album.

Although beautifully recorded throughout, this imaginatively planned programme was taped at two very different Amsterdam venues: Paradiso in October 1995 for the Symphonies and Waalse Kerk in February 1996 for the rest. The contrast hit home with unexpected force as the Symphonies of Wind Instruments’ opening proclaimed loudly in the wake of the Concertino’s quiet – and more intimately recorded – ending. Thierry Fischer directs one of the most characterful performances of the Symphonies that I have ever heard, acutely appreciative of the lightning transitions between solemn chorale and primitivistic dance (the brass-textured rumpus at 5'20'' suggests irrepressible anger). The tightly knit Concertino is a cunning amalgam of folk-pastiche, jazz and formal ingenuity. Fischer’s performance is pungent and precise, qualities that are equally apparent in the Octet, especially the Theme and Variations second movement – and the fastidiously tooled opening, in particular. Again, the sound has both ‘edge’ and substance, and the performance is superb.

Had the CD stopped there, I would no doubt have complained about short measure but would have applauded both the performances and the recordings. But there is more. Mavra is a concise comedy-opera with plenty to smile at, and the augmented Netherlands Wind Ensemble’s tangy, nicely sprung accompaniments are all that one might wish for – especially in the Overture and Parasha’s song. The trouble, I fear, is with the singing, not so much in terms of voice production – which is fair-to-good, and sometimes better – as with an almost total lack of humour. I recently chanced upon a 1991 Melodiya recording by the Helikon Moscow Musical Theatre (nla), with reduced instrumentation but that conjured such a lively impression of fun and games that even the flimsy plot came alive. Here, the singers merely go through the motions and Tatiana Kravtsova’s fussy, overly operatic Parasha’s song quite divests the music of its subtly erotic theme. Still, the purely instrumental works are excellent, and you may well consider that the Ensemble’s strongly etched contribution to Mavra is enough of a bonus to swing the balance in Chandos’s favour. You would certainly have a point.'

Review by Gramophone Magazine

The chamber-opera Mavra is scored for wind instruments and string septet. The four singers are member of Kirov Opera, outstanding being Tatiana Kravtsova and the tenor Alexei Martynov as her hussar, and the playing of the Netherlands Ensemble’s woodwind and brass is crisp and accurate. Thierry Fischer also conducts admirable performances of the Symphonies of Wind Instruments, that moving elegy for Debussy, and of the Concertino in its 1952 version The 1923 Octet is even finer, as music and performance.

Review by The Sunday Telegraph

Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)



Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)



Tatiana Kravtsova (soprano)
Olga Korzhenskaya (mezzo-soprano)
Olga Markova-Mikhailenko (mezzo-soprano)
Alexei Martynov (tenor)

Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Thierry Fischer, conductor

Tracklist:

Mavra
01. Overture (2:50)
02. Parasha: 'Oh my dearest…' (1:33)
03. Hussar: 'Zing-a-ling!' (3:39)
04. Mother: 'What a pity now…' (0:48)
05. Mother: 'Oh no, I'll not forget…' (2:58)
06. Neighbour: 'Good morning…' (3:03)
07. Mother: 'Why have you been so long?' (3:27)
08. Cook: 'Parasha' (4:38)
09. Mother: 'Parasha' (0:47)
10. Cook: 'Alone, I wait alone…' (3:28)
11. Coda - Cook: 'The table wobbles…' (1:09)

12. Concertino (6:21)

13. Symphonies of Wind Instruments (9:10)

Octet
14. Sinfonia (4:12)
15. Theme and Variations (11:42)


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Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Thierry Fischer - Igor Stravinsky: Mavra; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Octet; Concertino (1998)

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