Igor Stravinsky - The Complete Columbia Album Collection 限定版, インポート
A more comprehensive representation of that discography than any previous reissue, Sony Classical’s new set of 56 CDs plus DVD itself represents a major landmark in recorded music, containing no fewer than 23 performances never previously released on CD plus 17 performances newly mastered from the original analogue discs and tapes using 24 bit / 96 kHz mastering technology, while the accompanying DVD, Stravinsky in Hollywood, contains scenes from several big studio films of the 1940s brought together – for the very first time – with the music that Stravinsky wrote for them. This historic collection comes with a 264 pages hardcover book containing a complete work catalogue, a detailed discography and a wealth of session photos, along with a major new essay by Stravinsky expert Richard Taruskin, in which he examines how the composer’s lifelong distrust of performers and live performances drove him to attempt to preserve definitive accounts of all his works through the more objective medium of recordings. Igor Stravinsky - The Complete Columbia Album Collection also features facsimile LP labels and sleeves, including cover artwork by Jean Cocteau, the polymathic French writer, artist and filmmaker who collaborated with Stravinsky on his opera Oedipus rex, and by Columbia’s legendary graphic designer Alex Steinweiss, the man credited with inventing the modern album cover. Each recording in this exceptional new set of 56 CDs comes from the best original source. Sony Classical’s Igor Stravinsky - The Complete Columbia Album Collection thus represents a major new milestone in the discography of the 20th century’s greatest composer.
Back in 1991, Sony issued the 22 CD "Igor Stravinsky: The Edition" - Igor Stravinsky: The Recorded Legacy
reissued in 2007 as "Works of Igor Stravinsky" - Works of Igor Stravinsky
Unlike that one, this new box is absolutely complete
- Every recording that Stravinsky made for Columbia Records (US) and RCA between 1940 and 1967
- One third of the contents of this new box are the mono recordings (CDs 1-18) that were slighted in 1991.
- Some performances are conducted by Robert Craft "under the supervision of Igor Stravinsky".
- Stravinsky had approval of the solo and chamber recordings:
--- Charles Rosen played most of the piano works.
--- Gold & Fizdale played the two-piano works (but not the two-piano version of the Rite of Spring, which has only become popular in the years following Stravinsky's death).
The new box includes both the mono and stereo recordings of Oedipus Rex and The Rake's Progress, plus the ballets and symphonies.
PACKAGING AND SOUND:
"Original jacket" format with original cover art and album notes on the back of most of the cardboard sleeves, plus a 254 page hardcover book.
[some backs are blank or just have additional artwork - the original LP notes were on a separate insert, which is not reproduced.]
The book is a tribute to Stravinsky the man.
For information about the music, you mostly have to read the original jackets (use a magnifying glass).
Surprisingly, everything was newly remastered for this new collection (24bit/96kHz)
22 CDs remastered by Sony regulars Andreas Meyer and Jeanne Montalvo
33 CDs remastered by Martin Kistner
1 CD remastered by Richard King
Absolutely no complaints about the sound
POINTS OF INTEREST
-- Both the 1940 mono and 1960 stereo recordings of the Rite of Spring feature the New York Philharmonic, but in 1960 it was recorded under the pseudonym "Columbia Symphony"
Recording session photos show the same musicians who participated in Leonard Bernstein's 1958 Philharmonic recording (also same recording venue - The St. George Hotel in Brooklyn).
Columbia actually paid the musicians more to record as the "Columbia Symphony", but saved money on future royalties.
There was also a California-based version of the "Columbia Symphony" - mostly Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians
-- Several editing errors have been corrected.
Movements for Piano and Orchestra (with Charles Rosen) is now correctly edited for the first time on CD (the repeat is included).
-- The 1953 recording of "The Rake's Progress" was recorded at the Metropolitan Opera shortly after the American premiere, with the original Met cast (Hilde Gueden, Eugene Conley, Mack Harrell and Martha Lipton).
The American premiere was prepared and conducted by Fritz Reiner.
The actual world premiere was in Venice in 1951, conducted by the composer (with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Ottakar Krauss, Robert Rounseville and Jennie Tourel) *
-- The 1957 recording of Persephone with the New York Philharmonic (CD 19) is issued in stereo for the first time.
Stravinsky re-recorded it in 1966 (CD 43)
-- There are four different stereo recordings of Les Noces:
The familiar 1923 version was recorded twice:
----- in 1959 by Stravinsky (CD 31) with pianists Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss and Roger Sessions (sung in English)
----- in 1965 by Robert Craft (CD 45) with four anonymous pianists (sung in Russian)
The unpublished 1917 and 1919 versions (without the four pianos) were conducted by Robert Craft in 1973 (CD 54)
-- The complete version of the Soldier's Tale (CD 56) took 44 years to complete.
A curious hybrid with two conductors:
In 1961 Stravinsky recorded the instrumental suite.
Only later did Columbia decide to issue a complete recording with narrator.
In 1967 Robert Craft went into the recording studio to record the few instrumental passages not in the suite.
Columbia planned to add the narrator at some future date, but didn't get around to it until 2005 (narrated by Jeremy Irons)
-- The "original jacket" layout is not strictly enforced. Some odds and ends are scattered throughout the set.
----- Two audio documentaries about The Rite of Spring are on CD 1 and CD 53.
----- The Stravinsky rehearsal tapes are on CD 53.
----- A 1940 recording of the Baiser de la fee Divertimento with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Mexico (on CD 2) was previously available only on 78s.
-- There are some posthumous recordings in this box [Stravinsky died in 1971]
CD 55 is a 1976 RCA LP by the chamber ensemble "Tashi" - included because it features several works that Stravinsky never got around to recording.
-- The DVD is not a comprehensive look at Stravinsky's career.
It concentrates on his American period, beginning with the brief flirtation with Hollywood.
From the Symphony in C (1940) through Requiem Canticles (1966)
It does a good job of explaining the role of Robert Craft in Stravinsky's later years.
-- The 1991 box included a selection of pre-1940 chamber music recordings with Stravinsky and violinist Samuel Dushkin, but they were borrowed from EMI and are not in the new box. **
This new collection was an extravagant decision on Sony's part, but I'm glad they did it.
I'm not sure how they will ever recoup the cost at the low price asked - they will have to sell a lot of boxes.
- Sony should have included the date of composition after each piece in the contents listing and index (Stravinsky has no Opus numbers to guide the listener)
- There are no texts or translations for the vocal works
They were included with the 1991 box (but not the 2007 reissue).
Surely Sony could at least have posted them on their website.
I will have to keep my booklets from the 1991 boxed set.
* The 1951 Venice world premiere of "The Rakes's Progress" is available on Igor Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
** Pre-1940 EMI recordings: Composers in Person: Igor Stravinsky
Stravinsky's works are sophisticated, witty, savage, and beautiful by turns, and he's the best (or nearly) of 20th century composers. Try his arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner, or the early ballets, or, Oedipus Rex.