Label : Sony
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Not my rip (Source : classicallibrary blog)

The comprehensive set of recordings Igor Stravinsky made of his own works in the 1960s and early 1970s first appeared as a CD collection in 1991. This reissue, at a little over £1 a disc, is a wonderful bargain, for though no texts for the vocal works are included - there's just one low-level essay together with the details of each recording in the skimpy booklet - these performances, conducted, or in the case of late pieces such as the Requiem Canticles when Robert Craft took over from the ailing composer, supervised by Stravinsky, are an exceptional document.

They are not, of course, definitive performances. Stravinsky was never a great conductor but some of these accounts, especially of the early ballets, have a rugged intensity. Almost everything in his output is included, from the Symphony in E flat of 1905 to the setting of The Owl and the Pussy Cat from 1966; some of the chamber works are missing, and though determining exactly what is on each of the 22 discs from the details provided is not always easy, the one really significant omission seems to be the Three Pieces for String Quartet, from 1914, one of Stravinsky's most extraordinary achievements.

There are some striking historic performances, too. The solo piano works include prewar recordings of the composer himself playing the Serenade in A and Piano-Rag-Music, and joined by his son Soulima for the Concerto for Two Pianos, while the version of the ballet Les Noces included is that in which the four pianos are played by composers Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss and Roger Sessions. The performance is sung in English and so loses much of its vital Russian earthiness, but the sense of something special remains.

There are other treats as well: the great Cathy Berberian in some of the late songs, Charles Rosen playing the Piano Sonata, and as soloist in the still prickly Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Stravinsky partnering Joseph Szigeti in the Duo Concertant. The recordings generally come up well, and though there are one or two glitches in the editing - that performance of the Movements, for instance, has lost its repeat in the first movement, which I'm sure was there on the original LP - the sound is generally clear, if sometimes a bit aggressive. Whatever the minor shortcomings, though, this is the 20th-century's greatest composer conducting all his own works.

(theguardian.com)

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