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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #40 on: December 08, 2016, 04:05:10 PM »
My revised list:

The Rite Of Spring (Le Sacre)
Symphony in Three Movements
Requiem Canticles
Agon
Symphonies of wind instruments
Variations for Huxley
Three Pieces For String Quartet
Oedipus Rex
The Soldiers Tale
Les Noces  8)

Turns out I have new favourites, after rekindling my love for Stravinsky during my sabbatical:

Song of the nightingale
Requiem Canticles
Agon
Oedipus Rex
Variations for Huxley
Symphony in Three Movements
Abraham and Isaac
Symphonies of wind instruments
Concerto for piano and winds
The Firebird/The Soldiers Tale

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #41 on: December 08, 2016, 04:11:17 PM »
Turns out I have new favourites, after rekindling my love for Stravinsky during my sabbatical:

Song of the nightingale
Requiem Canticles
Agon
Oedipus Rex
Variations for Huxley
Symphony in Three Movements
Abraham and Isaac
Symphonies of wind instruments
Concerto for piano and winds
The Firebird/The Soldiers Tale
THIS is a MUCH better list 8)

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #42 on: December 08, 2016, 04:13:31 PM »
THIS is a MUCH better list 8)

What can I say, he's an amazing composer who's greatest works may not be his greatest hits?  :laugh:

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #43 on: December 09, 2016, 04:05:01 AM »
Requiem Canticles
Orpheus
Movements
Mass
Variations
Canticum Sacrum
Symphony of Psalms
Threni
Duo concertant

after that I had to go to iTunes to look through a list of compositions by Stravinsky I had recordings of to come up with a #10, which I think would be the Symphony in C, probably.

That also reminded me I don't actually own a recording of Canticum Sacrum though, which I will need to fix immediately.

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #44 on: December 09, 2016, 04:15:08 AM »
That also reminded me I don't actually own a recording of Canticum Sacrum though, which I will need to fix immediately.
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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #45 on: December 09, 2016, 04:39:23 AM »
Yes, I'm actually trying to decide between that one and this one:


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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #46 on: December 09, 2016, 04:47:30 AM »
Yes, I'm actually trying to decide between that one and this one:


I must admit I am not familiar with the one North Star has recommended (but I trust his taste   :) ), but the recording by Simon Preston is simply outstanding, and is by far my favourite of the work (and I know quite a few  ;)).

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #47 on: December 09, 2016, 04:54:50 AM »
The Hyperion recording, to my ears, seems sweeter and less sharp-edged, with the voices slightly less brought to the foreground. That said, the voices are also more in tune. The Preston recording is earthier and more Byzantine, somehow otherworldly in its severity. I am leaning towards it, but may need both. (These are all among my favourite Stravinsky works after all.)

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #48 on: December 09, 2016, 01:51:43 PM »
I didn't find that recording on Hyperion much to my taste. But then again, I haven't found many recordings I particularly find definitive on Hyperion anyway.

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #49 on: February 25, 2017, 08:34:57 AM »
Here goes nothing:

Le sacre du printemps (of course -- 8) )
Petrouchka
The Fairy's Kiss
Jeu de cartes
Agon
Violin Concerto
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
(another vote for this work as it's highly underrated)
Symphonies for Wind Instruments
Dumbarton Oaks
Mass

A fine list, but some changes need to be made:

Le sacre du printemps
Petrouchka
Apollon musagte
Symphony of Psalms
Mass
Violin Concerto
Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Duo concertant
Agon
Concerto in E-flat, "Dumbarton Oaks"
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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #50 on: February 25, 2017, 11:43:43 AM »
Turns out I have new favourites, after rekindling my love for Stravinsky during my sabbatical:

Song of the nightingale
Requiem Canticles
Agon
Oedipus Rex
Variations for Huxley
Symphony in Three Movements
Abraham and Isaac
Symphonies of wind instruments
Concerto for piano and winds
The Firebird/The Soldiers Tale

I tend to agree but I'll alter it:

Agon
Requiem Canticles
Song of the nightingale
Oedipus Rex
Variations for Huxley
Symphony in Three Movements
Abraham and Isaac
Symphonies of wind instruments
Concerto for piano and winds
The Firebird/The Soldiers Tale

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #51 on: February 26, 2017, 01:40:57 PM »
L'oiseau de feu
Les noces
Le sacre du printemps
Trois mouvements de Ptrouchka
Violin Concerto in D
Oedipus rex
Agon
Apollon musagte
Le baiser de la fe
The Rake's Progress
Ptrouchka

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #52 on: March 07, 2017, 12:34:36 AM »
Before I knew it, I was up to fourteen and adding more, all of which have already been listed, including the perhaps less appreciated Capriccio for piano and orchestra, which I do consider quite a gem and an 'important' work.

My oversized list included perhaps 'lesser' and smaller works for which I have an inordinate fondness (like (Renard), or works I still find completely 'solid' and compelling after decades of familiarity i.e. In Memoriam Dylan Thomas, and the Cantata.

I entirely prefer the complete ballets, disregard the suites for the commercial and slighter money makers they were meant to be, (I mean, Pulcinella without the singers? ... or Song of the Nightengale vs. the full opera? ... no brainers) and the revised versions of anything he later revised.

I am going to specifically name Symphony in C.  I think it a far better work than the Symphony in three movements, which I was a bit surprised to see listed by a number of people.

But, I'm with Karl on this topic.  Stravinsky composed, whether they are small, medium or large-scale works, nearly nought but 'masterworks.'  Choosing just ten is a very restraining exercise, indeed.
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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #53 on: April 04, 2017, 10:31:31 PM »
Agon
Requiem Canticles
Song of the nightingale
Oedipus Rex
Petrushka
Variations for Huxley
Symphony in three movements
Movements for piano and orchestra
Abraham and Issac
Symphonies of Wind instruments

Bonus:
Concerto for piano and winds
String Quartet
Symphony of Psalms
Threni
Ebony Concerto
The Rite Of Spring

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #54 on: May 25, 2017, 03:22:53 PM »
Good to see affection for his Mass in this thread, amw and John among possible others stood up to be counted for it and I now number myself among them.  Dunno why that work didn't click for me before, perhaps Lenny had do the job. 

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #55 on: May 25, 2017, 04:26:12 PM »
Dumbarton Oaks
Symphony in C
Jeu de Cartes
Ebony Concerto
Apollo
Orpheus
Symphony in Three Movements
Canticum Sacrum
Song of the Nightingale
Les Noces

I might try to slip in a couple concerti, or Scenes de ballet, or The Fairy's Kiss too. Plus the Mass.

Yes, that one does not make the top 10. Not that it isn't a towering masterpiece! It's just that this is Stravinsky we're talking about!

Good to see affection for his Mass in this thread, amw and John among possible others stood up to be counted for it and I now number myself among them.  Dunno why that work didn't click for me before, perhaps Lenny had do the job. 



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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #56 on: May 26, 2017, 03:57:54 AM »
Indeed!
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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #57 on: May 26, 2017, 06:33:58 AM »
In no particular order

Agon
Petrushka
Octet
Symphony in C
Symphony of Psalms
Requiem Canticles
Rite of Spring
Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Movements for Piano and Orchestra
Choral Variations Von Himmel Hoch

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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #58 on: May 26, 2017, 06:34:33 AM »
Smokin list.
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Re: Top ten Stravinsky works?
« Reply #59 on: May 27, 2017, 03:20:43 AM »
Let's give it a shot! This is just off the top of my head. I haven't listened to any Stravinsky other than Threni in the past few weeks, but these are the ones I recall listening to most often when in a Stravinskian mood.

Agon
Violin Concerto
L'histoire du soldat
Requiem Canticles
Symphony in Three Movements
Ebony Concerto
Petrushka
Preludium for Jazz Band
Threni
Dumbarton Oaks

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