Saturday, February 27, 2010

RCA LIVING STEREO: Fritz Reiner, Chicago SO - Hovhaness, Prokofiev, Stravinsky


    Artist: Fritz Reiner -Chicago SO
    Album: Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Released: 1995
    Label:
     RCA Living Stereo
    Catalog N°:
     09026-61957-2
    Genre:
     Classical
    File Format: 
    eac_wv_cue_log complete covers, 323MB. mp3 (lame) VBR-245 V0 104mb



    01. Hovhaness - Mysterious Mountain Op. 132 - Andante 07:32
    02. Hovhaness - Mysterious Mountain Op. 132 - Moderato Maestoso 02:41
    03. Hovhaness - Mysterious Mountain Op. 132 - Allegro Vivo 03:03
    04. Hovhaness - Mysterious Mountain Op. 132 - Andante Espressivo 06:00
    05. Stravinksy - Fairy Kiss (Divertimento) - Sinfonia 05:42
    06. Stravinksy - Fairy Kiss (Divertimento) - Danses Suisses 07:06
    07. Stravinksy - Fairy Kiss (Divertimento) - Scherzo 04:01
    08. Stravinksy - Fairy Kiss (Divertimento) - Pas de Deux 07:20
    09. Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije (Symphonic Suite) Op. 60 - Birth of Kije 04:12
    10. Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije (Symphonic Suite) Op. 60 - Romance 04:25
    11. Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije (Symphonic Suite) Op. 60 - Wedding 02:44
    12. Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije (Symphonic Suite) Op. 60 - Troika 02:40
    13. Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije (Symphonic Suite) Op. 60 - Burial of Kije 06:05

    ..One of the finest of all of Reiner records is his reading of the Lt. Kije Suite, Prokofiev's incidental music for a long-forgotten 1933 Russian film. The title character is created by a typographical error in a military report to the Czar, and so to avoid embarrassment (or worse) Kije's inventors detail the life of their “hero” from birth to burial. In keeping with Kije's fictitious origins, Prokofiev paints his musical biography in purely mock emotions, using, for example, bland fanfares to announce his birth and a whiny cello and plaintive bassoon to drain the love theme of any ardor. All of this wryness is captured perfectly by Reiner's dry precision, which conveys subtle sarcasm through an exquisite blend of accents, balances and phrasing. The other works both hark back to earlier times and styles. The Stravinsky is intended in the idiom of Tchaikovsky but with distinct neoclassic overtones, resulting in a lean, coy attitude which Reiner expresses wonderfully. The Hovhaness, although written in 1955, is deeply romantic. Despite its mystical title and ambitious program it's very easy on the ears and Reiner makes the most of its colorful content. The composer, incidentally, is astoundingly prolific - this was the second of over 50 symphonies!... Read more



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