STRAVIN­SKY: JEU DE CARTES; DANSES CON­CER­TANTES; SCÈNES DE BAL­LET; VARI­A­TIONS; CAPRIC­CIO

Var­i­ous orches­tras/Robert Craft Naxos 8.557506

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews -

This latest Naxos reis­sue of Robert Craft’s Stravin­sky record­ings from the 1990s brings to­gether five of the com­poser’s less fre­quently heard works, in­clud­ing the Scènes de Bal­let, writ­ten for Broad­way in 1944, and the Vari­a­tions of 1964, the most thor­ough­go­ing ex­am­ple of the com­poser’s en­gage­ment with se­rial com­po­si­tion. Craft, who was Stravin­sky’s long-time as­sis­tant, is well at­tuned to the spe­cial dry­ness and wit of the ear­lier pieces. He gets the most out of their colours, jux­ta­po­si­tions, ges­tures, ref­er­ences, and does it in a way that’s al­most sure to raise a gen­tle smile. He also casts a clear light on the late Vari­a­tions, which were ded­i­cated to the me­mory of Al­dous Hux­ley. www.naxos.com

MICHAEL DER­VAN

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