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Exceptional Clarity

Masaaki Suzuki
conducts Stravinsky -
recommended by
GERALD FENECH

'... immaculately performed ...'

Stravinsky: Pulcinella; Apollon musagète. © 2016 BIS Records AB

After half a lifetime recording Bach cantatas for the best part of a quarter century, the eminent Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki now goes to explore some of the twentieth century's greatest works for strings. Igor Stravinsky's Apollon Musagète fairly dances about with a restricted string vibrato in places although I'm sure Stravinsky would have been delighted to find the earth rootedness of the work so well endorsed.

The suite from Pulcinella is similarly forward looking and I was delighted to be able to compare Suzuki's reading with Ernest Ansermet's classic Decca recordings, finding various similarities in the disciplined use of string vibrato as well as the quirky characteristics of the closing pages...

Copyright © 8 October 2016 Gerald Fenech,
Gzira, Malta

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STRAVINSKY: PULCINELLA; APOLLON MUSAGÈTE

IGOR STRAVINSKY

MASAAKI SUZUKI

FINLAND

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

20TH CENTURY

BIS RECORDS

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