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Petrushka / Pulcinella
Stravinsky, Chailly, Rco
Petrushka / Pulcinella
Genre: Classical
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This is a bang-up recording of two Stravinsky favorites. Contained here is the 1947 version of Petrushka (1911), whose orchestra is pared down by at least a third from the 1911 performance version. The balances are just ri...  more »


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All Artists: Stravinsky, Chailly, Rco
Title: Petrushka / Pulcinella
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 3/14/1995
Genre: Classical
Styles: Ballets & Dances, Ballets, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028944377422

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This is a bang-up recording of two Stravinsky favorites. Contained here is the 1947 version of Petrushka (1911), whose orchestra is pared down by at least a third from the 1911 performance version. The balances are just right--but then so is the physical sound and the keen professionalism of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Pulcinella (1920) is a ballet (also for a smaller orchestra) that's based on the music of Baroque composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Stravinsky modeled Pulcinella on commedia dell'arte. This version also contains sections for tenor, bass, and soprano parts, based on the music of several other Baroque composers. An absolutely terrific disc. --Paul Cook

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Not only a definitive Stravinsky, a definitive CD
Benjamin M Smolen | Charlotte, NC United States | 07/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Upon hearing this recording of Petrouchka and Pulcinella, I was completely blown away. These are by far the best interpretations of these pieces I have ever heard. In Petrouchka, Riccardo Chailly leads the listener through all the excitement of the Stravinsky's Shrovetide puppet-world with technical perfection and astounding aural beauty. Jacques Zoon and Peter Masseurs do an excellent job as the solo flutist and trumpeter. My favorite part of this CD, however, is Pulcinella. I first heard Pulcinella on Sir Neville Marriner's recording of it with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, a somewhat lacking (alright, severely lacking) performance. When I heard Pulcinella again on this CD, it sounded like a completely different piece. Chailly draws incredible excitement from the Royal Concertgebouw, and the technical aspects of the piece are absolutely unbelievable. The soloists, especially Jaap van Zweden, are exceptional, and the singers sing the part with as much light-hearted humor as suits this piece. This is my favorite CD in every aspect (interpretation, technique, character, energy, etc), and if you don't already own it, GET IT NOW!!!!"
A review
Kevin | Davis, CA United States | 03/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Upon hearing Charles Dutoit's recording of 'Petrushka' with the Montreal Symphony, I did not think it could get any better. Dutoit provided a wonderfully executed performance that captured the light-heartedness and vigor of this piece.Riccardo Chailly and the Concertgebouw do it even better. Where Montreal was somewhat lacking in technical perfection and balance, Chailly excels. The orchestra sounds perhaps the best it has ever sounded. Their playing is filled with such nuance and subtlety that one has to listen to it more than thrice to really comprehend it. Once again, Chailly relies more on technical perfection and rhythm to provide expression rather than rubato and overwhelming passion. The result has white hot yet completely controlled energy.Due praise is rewarded to Jacques Zoon (flute) and Peter Massuers (trumpet) for a brilliant performance."
Excellent version of this seminal work
W. R. Baker | Austin, Texas USA | 03/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording has been panned because the orchestra plays the 1947 version for a chamber orchestra. The 1947 version actually works better for me than the 1911 version for full orchestra. In this rendering, which, by the way, is of excellent technical quality, I think that the smaller chamber orchestra better captures the spirit of the piece than a full orchestra. In any case, the Concertgebouw performs it beautifully, concisely, and brillantly. Plus, Pulcinella is also top notch. If you want to have Petrouska and Pulcinella in your collection, you cannot go wrong with this recording."