Ernest Ansermet - Stravinsky: Petrushka Complete Ballet


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ADEC 2011
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Stravinsky initially conceived the music for Petrushka as a kind of burlesque combat between the piano and orchestra. The piano was to play the role of the puppet that exasperated the orchestra with its diabolical sequences. The accompanying orchestra was to retaliate in force leading finally to a climax in which the puppet collapses. The music that ultimately emerged elaborated a story of puppets that were actually more human than their puppetmaster ever imagined. Although the primitive rhythms and kaleidoscopic colors initially gave the conductor and ballet troupe difficulty, the work was premiered June 13, 1911.

Although Pierre Monteux conducted the premiere, Ernest Ansermet has always been closely associated with Stravinsky's music. He was among Stravinsky's circle of friends in Paris prior to World War I and first played excerpts from Petrushka in Geneva on January 12, 1915. This performance of Stravinsky's Petrushka was recorded at Victoria Hall in Geneva between October and November of 1957. The Decca engineers, led by Roy Wallace, set up a tree with three Neumann KM-56 microphones. The signal was routed through a three-channel vacuum tube mixer, without noise processing or gain riding, to an Ampex stereo vacuum tube recorder.

1. The Shrovetide Fair
2. In Petrushka's Room
3. In the Moor's Room
4. The Shrovetide Fair (Evening)

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 5 person(s) rated this product.

Super Disk

posted on 01/27/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Triodeotl
One of the very finest sounding and performed recordings of all time. Huge resonant acoustic with lots of air. Great huge bass as good as any you'll hear. Wonderful ensemble sounds.

A sonic and musical knockout. There is no better Petrushka than this one from Ansermet and the Decca team. It belongs in your collection now! +++++


posted on 07/07/2010
5 Stars

Speaker's Corner & Decca Score Again

posted on 12/22/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: brucedboss
Absolutely the BEST!! Good at any volume level, silent surfaces. Beautiful highs, mids and a bass that will have you loving your sub-woofer. Ansermet is exciting, but not rushed. The music is eerie at times and as jumpy as Stravinsky would have liked to hear. You can turn it up for added presence and it isn't going to sound distorted and that is the test of great audiophile recordings.

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