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Pure genius

Igor Stravinsky's Les Noces has been recorded with various combinations of instruments and singers: big orchestra, chamber orchestra, a four-piano version with Stravinsky himself conducting and with the pianos played by the American composers Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss and Roger Sessions. (Very poor recording, although it must've seemed like a nice idea at the time.) A recording with Robert Craft conducting a quartet of cimbaloms, of all things, used to be my favorite, but that venerable disc has now been supassed by this state-of-the-art version by Dmitri Pokrovsky and his authentic-sounding (but what do I know?) Russian singing group, accompanied by a synthesizer. Yes, a synthesizer. The music is unlike anything I have ever heard, and I guarantee you've never heard anything like it, either. It occupies tracks 4, 5, 6 and 7 of this collection, and I recommend you limit your download to those tracks unless you want to overdose on quirky Russian folk music. But do download Les Noces. Trust me on this one.

Worst les noces ever

These are not real instruments! This is all keyboard effects! Can't speak to the singing because I can't get past the fact that the entire instrumental ensemble is a keyboard.


Genre: Classical

Moscow-born Dmitry Pokrovsky was preparing for a career in classical music when he became fascinated by the folk music and dances of Russia. Forming the Dmitry Pokrovsky Ensemble, Pokrovsky devoted himself to collecting and preserving the traditional songs of his homeland. Among the many awards that he received for his efforts was the prestigious Gorbatchew award of merit for "caring for Russian culture." Introduced to Russian folk music while conducting a research excursion as a student at Moscow...
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