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  Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat - Stokowski
  Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat

Leopold Stokowski (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Beagle August 22, 2005 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
This piece doesn't fit into my music shelf, really. For decades I was aware of it only as something that appears now and then on the radio. Then two years ago, it was brought forcefully to my attention when included in a festival programme, complete with a sexually ambiguous dancer playing out all the roles more or less simultaneously. Perhaps it was the 'magic' of live performance, but the piece now transfixes me at every hearing.

Hearings such as this one, which the review truthfully says "makes it sound like it was recorded last week, instead of nearly forty years ago". I am surprised that Stokowski, erstwhile purveyor of heavily-schlagged Bach, can also produce clean, lean, mean neoclassical sound. SACD puts this small instrumental group and three narrators* right there in the room with you -- and I the listener am reduced to a small child sitting cross-legged on the floor, enraptured by a slightly adult faery-tale. It's surreal, it's hypnotic -- and it's just plain mind-stunning fun!

In DeSelbian summation: Great music, great performance, great sound, good price.
*Female voice is wife of Darius Milhaud.

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Igor Stravinsky - L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (1918)