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Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex/Apollon Musagete

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


London Symphony Orchestra

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Stuart Skelton

Jennifer Johnston

Gidon Saks

David Shipley

Benedict Quirke

Alexander Ashworth


Fanny Ardant


Monteverdi Choir


Barbican, London

25 Apr & 1 May 2013


Nicolas Parker


Jonathan Stokes

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Total Time - 79:13
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Oedipus Rex

1 Prologue and Act I: i. "Spectateurs, vous allez entendre..." 7:11
2 Act I: ii. "Voici Creon, beau-frere d'Oedipe..." 6:53
3 Act I: iii. "Oedipe interroge la fontaine de verite..." 8:19
4 Act II: i. "Gloria, gloria, gloria!" 11:52
5 Act II: ii. "Le temoin du meurtre sort de l'ombre..." 7:36
6 Act II: iii. "Et maintenant, vous allez entendre..." 7:10

Apollon musagète

  Premier Tableau  
7 Naissance d'Apollon 4:10
  Second Tableau  
8 Variation d'apollon 2:57
9 Pas d'action 4:27
10 Variation de Calliope 1:32
11 Variation de Polymnie 1:19
12 Variation de Terpsichore 1:41
13 Variation d'Apollon 2:39
14 Pas de deux 4:38
15 Coda 3:16
16 Apothéose 3:33
  TT 79:13      
 Jennifer Johnston
 Stuart Skelton
 Gidon Saks
 Fanny Ardant narrator
 David Shipley
 Benedict Quirke
 Alexander Ashworth Messenger
 Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex/Apollon Musagete

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the London Symphony Orchestra on this his first release for LSO Live, offering Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Apollon musagète. Also performing on the release are the Gentlemen of the Monteverdi Choir, considered one of the world’s leading choirs, and a mix of international and home-grown soloists, including Jennifer Johnston and Stuart Skelton. The French actress Fanny Ardant, who has appeared in more than fifty motion pictures, takes the role of narrator.

Both Oedipus Rex and Apollon musagète are works based on ancient Greek themes. The rich string harmonies and textures of the ballet Apollon musagète are pleasantly mesmerizing, expressive, and calmly indulgent. In contrast, the dramatic and hauntingly compelling opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex is composed of an assemblage of monumental and powerful sounds, such as playful woodwinds, robust brass, and agile strings, with magnificent contributions from the choir and soloists.

                           Critics Choice 2014

"... a performance more expressive than usual for this work by Sir John Eliot Gardiner ..."

John Warrack - Gramophone magazine - December 2014

 "... This is a beautiful performance."

John Warrack - Gramophone magazine - July 2014

                        Music **** (Very Good)         Sound **** (Very Good)

Giselher Schubert - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - July 2014

 "... there is so much to admire in this performance. The male chorus sings the latin text in the opening chorus not only as if it understands the words (which I presume it does), but invests the text with a dramatic intensity that auggests it actually cares as well... Stuart Skelton is a very good Oedipus. Expressive and accurate ... Jennifer Johnston’s Jocasta is one of the most convincing performancesof the role I’ve heard on record... With its unflagging direction, its strong sense of drama and its mostly impeccable singing, Gardiner is a serious contender for anyone wanting a version to put alongside these classic versions... there’s an alertness and zest to Gardiner’s reading that I like very much."

Nigel Simeone - International Record Review - June 2014

                         **** - Excellent

Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine (Italy) - May 2014

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