Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Les Noces
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Both fantastic recordings of fantastic works
I bought this for Les Noces, but I was blown away by Oedipus Rex as well. In both works the chorus' and soloists' diction and expression is top notch, and the respective orchestras do a wonderful job of blending perfectly with the choirs. This recording of Les Noces is the best available.
Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Les Noces, Craft Vol.1
Oedipus Rex, based on Sophocles’ tragedy, is an established twentieth-century classic. Employing a speaker, male chorus and orchestra, it represents Stravinsky’s 1920s neo-classicism at its peak. Les Noces, an amalgam of ballet and dance cantata in four scenes for solo voices, chorus, four pianos and seventeen percussion instruments, depicts a Russian peasant wedding. One of only two theatrical works by Stravinsky to combine music with a text in his mother tongue, Les Noces is also his most Russian work, in which ritual, symbol and meaning on every level are part of his direct cultural heredity. --Source: Naxos.com