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Release Date: Monday 15 October 2018
A septet of LSO musicians relive the Russian folk tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle for unparalleled gain in Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale. A theatrical work 'to be read, played and danced,' British stage & television actor Malcolm Sinclair narrates, leading listeners through the soldier's regretful decision.
Performed in 2015 as part of the Barbican's inaugural Sound Unbound festival, The Soldier's Tale was recorded in the Jerwood Hall of LSO St. Luke's, a vibrant venue which is also home to the Orchestra's community and music education programme. Directed by violinist Roman Simovic, the ensemble for this project featured veteran principal players from across the Orchestra, including bassoonist Rachel Gough, clarinetist Andrew Marriner, percussionist Neil Percy and trumpet player Philip Cobb.
"A vivid live recording of the perennial classic, let down a little by the narration. Though not without nuance, it's borderline hollered in places." BBC Music
"It's compelling and virtuoso, if very austere. Given its rhythmic complexity, performing the work without a conductor can be tricky, but the ensemble is superbly taut here, exacting yet fierce in its precision and clarity…There's a comparable sharpness of focus to Sinclair's narration, too, where the satirical element is strongly to the fore" Gramophone
"This is a terrific performance that grips the listener from first to last. The frisson of it being recorded live helps immeasurably, coupled with the razor-edge precision of the LSO Chamber Ensemble, directed from the violin by Roman Simovic. The playing is often very dry - perfect for Stravinsky's score. Malcom Sinclair's narration succeeds in its variety of timbre and, indeed, regional accents. The recording (Jerwood Hall) is remarkably present. Recommended." Five Stars Classical-Music