[ Australian Deutsche Grammophon Eloquence / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 1 February 2011
"These Boston players give immaculately polished accounts of all five [chamber] works … The recording is excellent - clear without dryness, warm without over-resonance"
(Reissue of the Month Gramophone Feb 2011)
"absolutely sparkling playing...The playing and recording are excellent throughout"
(Records and Recording)
Stravinsky's tongue-in-cheek morality masterpiece, The Soldier's Tale, is one of his cleverest and most enduring works, here receiving its first outing on CD, following several requests. It boasts a stellar cast, not only of musicians, drawn from the Boston Symphony and soloists in their own right, but also of the narrators/actors - Sir John Gielgud, Tom Courtenay and Ron Moody, with English texts by Michael Flanders & Kitty Black.
The couplings include the BSCP's complete LP of chamber music by Stravinsky (the Concertino and Septet being released on CD for the first time), and also works by Schoenberg and Berg, previously unissued internationally on CD.
L'Histoire du soldat (Sung in English)
(with Sir John Gielgud, narrator, Tom Courtenay, The Soldier, Ron Moody, The Devil)
Octet for Wind Instruments
Ragtime, for eleven instruments
Adagio - 2nd movement of the Chamber Concert
Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9 (arr. Webern)