Stravinsky: Les Noces and Other Choral Music

Fri, Jan 17, 2014, 00:00


Stravinsky Les noces and other choral music

Voronezh Chamber Choir, Oleg Shepel, New London Chamber Choir and Ensemble, James Wood, Igor Stravinsky

Hyperion Helios


Stravinsky’s Les noces (Svadebka in the original Russian) presents a ritualised peasant wedding, with authentic texts and a unique sound world, vocal soloists, chorus, four pianos and percussion. This newly reissued 1990 recording precedes it with arrangements of actual peasant songs, sung with an unmistakably raw ethnic edge by the Voronezh Chamber Choir. Les Noces is followed by two versions of Stravinsky’s own Four Russian peasant songs, the Slavonic versions of Pater Noster, Ave Maria and Credo, and ends with three late choral works (The dove descending breaks the air, Introitus: TS Eliot in memoriam) and three arrangements of Gesualdo. A most unusual and still refreshing disc.