Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale

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For his debut recording with Linn, conductor Oliver Knussen has assembled an impressive cast of contemporary composers for The Soldier's Tale: Harrison Birtwistle as the soldier and George Benjamin as the Devil, with actress Dame Harriet Walter as the narrator. The longest work on this disc, The Soldier's Tale mixes fiendishly difficult changes of time signature with Stravinsky's newly discovered love of jazz with melodies which echo his larger pre-war scores. It is also a work that demonstrates immense clarity and moving simplicity at times, and a sardonic wit at others.

With such a starry cast this recording will be of particular interest to those with an interest in contemporary music, especially considering the addition of two new Birtwistle world premiere versions of Chorale from a Toy Shop written specially for the recording. The rest of the programme includes an exquisite Knussen arrangement of Maxwell Davies's Canon ad honorem Igor Stravinsky, intermixed with Stravinsky's own late commemorative miniatures.

Total Time: 70 minutes

Oliver Knussen conductor
Dame Harriet Walter narrator
Sir Harrison Birwistle soldier
George Benjamin devil
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble

The fifth recording from the talented students of London's Royal Academy pairs Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale with music by Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies. Named in The Sunday Times' '100 Best Albums of 2017' list and Kate Molleson's Top 20 Classical Albums of 2017 in The Herald.

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