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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Salonen
Igor Stravinsky, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vinson Cole
Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Salonen
Genre: Classical
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All Artists: Igor Stravinsky, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vinson Cole, Anne Sofie von Otter, Simon Estes, Nicolai Gedda, Patrice Chereau, Swedish Radio Chorus, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Title: Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Salonen
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Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/1992
Re-Release Date: 6/30/1992
Genre: Classical
Style: Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074644805727

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Stephen T. from ASHLAND, OR
Reviewed on 12/23/2009...
A wonderful recording of this music. Highly recommended.

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A crisp and lucid recording of a masterpiece
Eric Brinkmann | Palo Alto, CA United States | 06/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is not an abundance of modern recordings of this unique work, so I was glad to find one that was as good as this. I came to this piece after falling in love with Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, and I found many of the same things that I loved there in this slightly earlier piece. While I'm not too crazy about Oedipus himself, Anne Sofie van Otter makes a great Jocasta, projecting a very cool image to hide a genuine fear. The demonic mood of "oracula mentitur" is captured especially well. I love the desperation underlying the agressive music."
Still the Most Definitive 'Oedipus Rex' On Record
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 09/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Esa-Pekka Salonen is more attuned to the complexities of this brittle and vibrant Stravinsky oratorio than any other conductor, and despite the fact that this recording dates back to 1992 is still retains the magic he brings to this work. Having heard subsequent performances live of Salonen's way with Oedipus, hearing him grow even more secure with the masses to control, this recording has all of the essentials to make it the choice performance.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra may not have the valuable sonic sheen Salonen elicits from the LA Philharmonic, but the playing is responsive and crisp. The cast is superb with Vinson Cole ringingly true as Oedipus and Anne Sofie von Otter as a powerful Jocasta. Patrice Chereau is superb as the Narrator and the cast is rounded out with such luminaries in the opera field as Simon Estes, Nicholai Gedda and Hans Hotter. The choral singing is precise though still in that Swedish manner of straight tone which actually fits this music well.

One can only hope that Salonen will record this work again to demonstrate his current full grasp of a magnificent and too rarely heard Stravinsky masterwork. Grady Harp, September 05"