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Stravinsky – Histoire du Soldat

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The spoken word is also brimful of rhythmic vitality and is impressively rendered by the enormously adaptable voices of Jean Cocteau as the Narrator and Peter Ustinov as the Devil. Igor Markevitch urges on the excellent musicians in his little orchestra with élan and accuracy, with the young Maurice André’s brilliantly performed trumpet part being particularly conspicuous.
It is pointless to look for a recording that is remotely as good as this one. It doesn’t exist!


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The creation of “Histoire du Soldat” is closely connected with actual incidents during the war. Because the local theatre was closed in 1918, the last year of the war, Stravinsky and the Swiss writer Charles Ferdinand Ramuz decided to create a work that did not demand a large venue or big audience to be effective. The result was a theatrical work for a small ensemble consisting of a narrator, two actors, a dancer and seven musicians. On a par with the sparsity of the resources is the tightly knit construction of the work in which the scenes and musical sections are strung together like a suite. Just as in his ballets, Stravinsky relies on the dance-like energy of his music, which not only includes various march rhythms but also the tango, waltz and ragtime.


Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Histoire du Soldat
1. Marche du Soldat
2. Le violon du Soldat
3. Musique champetre
4. Marche royale
5. Petit Concert
6. Tango
7. Valse
8. Ragtime
9. Dance du Diable
10. Petit choral
11. Couplets du Diable
12. Grand choral
13. Marche triomphale du Diable
Recorded October 1962 at the Théâtre Vevey, Switzerland, by Vittorio Negri.



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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm