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Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex / Les Noces

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2011

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


Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

Valery Gergiev

Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre


Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Threatre, St Petersburg, Russia

28-31 Dec 2009 & 4-8 Feb 2010


James Mallinson


Jonathan Stokes

Neil Hutchinson

Record Label



Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 73:49
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Les Noces

  Part I  
1 Scene 1: The Bride's Chamber 4:17
2 Scene 2: At the Bridegroom's 5:08
3 Scene 3: The Bride's Departure 2:45
  Part II  
4 Scene 4: The Wedding Feast 9:12

Oedipus Rex

  Prologue and Act I  
5 'Spectateurs, vous allez entendre une version latine d'CEdipe-Roi...' 7:43
6 'Voici Créon, beau-frère d'CEdipe...' 7:30
7 'CEdipe interroge la fontaine de vérité...' 9:27
  Act II  
8 'La dispute des princes attire Jocaste...' 12:18
9 'Le témoin du meurtre sort de l'ombre...' 7:52
10 'Et maintenant, vous allez entendre...' 7:37

Less than four years separate the premieres of Les Noces and Oedipus Rex, yet they each represent high-points in two distinct phases of Stravinsky’s career. Although the concept of Les Noces is highly innovative – a ‘dance cantata’ – the music remains rooted in Russian folk traditions. Stravinsky dedicated the ballet to Diaghilev, whose Ballet Russes gave the premiere, and it marks the crowning glory of Stravinsky’s so-called ‘second Russian period’. The opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex is the first great work of Stravinsky’s neo-classical period. It features a major change in his compositional style, influenced in part by the loss of ‘Russian identity’ following his emigration. It is sung in Latin with Jean Cocteau’s original French narration spoken here by Gérard Depardieu.

              Winner - Best Choral Work

"These performances produce an enormous impression, Oedipus Rex bewitches the power of its influence and insuperable sensation of fatal tragedy, whereas Les Noces incarnates true Russian ritual, without interrupting the connection of Russian folklore with the aesthetics of modern society."

International Classical Music Awards - 6  April 2011


"This is a double-bill of at times shattering impact"

Gramophone - October 2010


Opera Magazine (France) - 13 July 2010

"Gergiev has made it central to his repertoire, and this performance, has idiomatic vocal forces, essential for this fundamentally Russian work ... the Mariinsky Chorus and players relish the primitivist rhythmic verve of this singular masterpiece"

The Sunday Times - 28 May 2010


" can actually tell that the language in question in Russian, which is no mean achievement. Marry that with crisp playing from the pianos and percussion, and sensible tempos that offer plenty of excitement but also promote clarityof diction, and the result is tremendous, and very effectively recorded."

ClassicsToday (US) - 28 May 2010

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