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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 7. 1962.

Confucius He Say:

Confucius He Say:

"When you can't get a Stravinsky by Stravinsky get a Stravinsky by somebody else" is one of my favourite axioms. Pulcinella and Le Baiser de la Fee on Record Society RZ6008 and the complete Soldier's Tale on RZ6019, are both not out in any other version as far as I know. In the former Markevitch keeps a fairly steady beat, but is hampered, particularly in Pulcinella, by some bad brass intonation. I am interested in the Tschaikovsky-derived Le Baiser because general opinion ranks this work fairly low down on Stravinsky's opus—it therefore seems quite likely to turn out to be one of his most important works. Both this and Pulcinella are interesting studies in orchestration. The second movement of Pulcinella, and the horn quartet passages of Le Baiser are particularly beautiful.

As for the complete Soldier's Tale, it fills an important gap, certainly, and the new English translation is infinitely better than the old doggerel. Helpmann, at the head of the speaking cast, is a chilling Devil: under his direction the story is a great dramatic success. But the music is no more than adequately played, alas: and I felt tempted to use only the speaking part and supply the music from Stravinsky's new version, from another set.

Firebird Suite—Le Sacre du Printemps (Coronet KLC 2786) Symphony in C (1940)—Cantata (1952) (Coronet KLC 2787) Agon—Canticum Sacrum (Coronet KLC 2788) ! Igor Stravinsky Conducts 1961 Movements for Piano and Orchestra; Double Canon for String Quartet; Epitaphium for Flute, Clarinet and Harp; Octet for Wind Instruments; L'Histoire du Soldat (suite) (Coronet KLC 2789). Stravinsky — Pulcinella — Le Baiser de la Fee (Record Society: Markevitch/RZ6008) L'Histoire du Soldat (complete) (Record Society: Pritchard/ RZ6019).