Related Reviews
Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"...the performance by Janiczek and company is a revelation."
more >>
Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
"[An] energetic performance in glorious surround sonics..."
more >>
'Na lamach Muzyka21 przedstawiamy kolejny album z Aleksandrem Janiczkiem w roli glównej...'
more >>
"This album is highly recommended as one of the best of 2009."
more >>
"..een uiterst knappe uitvoering van twee grote mijlpalen in het oeuvre van Igor Stravinski"
more >>
'Erst kürzlich bezeichnete der Daily Telegraph das Chamber Orchestra of Europe...'
more >>
MusicWeb International
"A luxuriant and fairly romantic sounding feast..."
more >>
Opus Musica
" trata de interpretaciones de muy alto nivel de dos obras del periodo neoclásico de Stravinsky..."
more >>
BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
"wonderfully characterful...mesmerising"
more >>
Hi-Fi News
more >>
Independent on Sunday
"Warm, silky, flexible and lithe..."
more >>

Stravinsky - COE -

06 November 2009
John Broggio
4½ Stars

A disc that contains two highly stimulating performances.

The performance of Apollon musagete is quite wonderfully dispatched with the director Alexander Janiczek taking centre stage with the solo violin work. Compared to Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring - Zweden, this is a smaller scaled reading in terms of the size of ensemble but easily surpasses the reading in terms of imagination and sheer commitment that the Chamber Orchestra of Europe bring to the score. These virtuoso players seem alive to every nuance that Stravinsky places in front of them and the COE responds with relish; indeed the quality of the playing lingers long in the mind of the listener.

The Pulcinella Suite, heard here in the revised version from 1949 instead of the more usual 1922 edition, is given a tremendously spirited reading - it is impossible not to be caught up in the sheer zest that the COE approaches the faster movements. Nor do Janiczek or the COE ride over the many felicities that lie in movements such as the Serenata - at all times one is left in no doubt that this is one of the finest ensembles to have been captured on SACD. As Stravinsky's re-working of Pergolesi concludes, it is very hard to stop oneself reaching for the remote to set the train of events in progress once again.

The sound, captured in the Eglise Maronite Notre-Dame Du Liban (Paris), is very fine indeed; every detail of the scores and the inflections that the COE bring to the music are relayed with dramatic bite and fortunately without a high degree of resonance.

Very highly recommended.
Bookmark and Share

Related Links

Chamber Orchestra of EuropeChamber Orchestra of Europe
Stravinsky: Apollon musagete & Pulcinella SuiteStravinsky: Apollon musagete & Pulcinella Suite