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Stravinsky: Perséphone (Live)

Andrew Staples, Pauline Cheviller, Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Children's Chorus, Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Perséphone, Pt. 1  
1
Déesse aux mille noms, puissante Déméter (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Andrew Staples; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
2:08
2
Reste avec nous, princesse Perséphone (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Andrew Staples; Pauline Cheviller; Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
5:45
3
Perséphone, un peuple t'attend (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Andrew Staples; Pauline Cheviller; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
2:33
Perséphone, Pt. 2  
4
Ô peuple douloureux des ombres, tu m'attires (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Andrew Staples; Pauline Cheviller; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:11
5
Sur ce lit elle repose (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Pauline Cheviller; Andrew Staples; Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:48
6
Ma mère Déméter, que la vie était belle (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Pauline Cheviller; Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
1:29
7
Tu viens pour dominer (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Andrew Staples; Pauline Cheviller; Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
9:03
8
Le printemps, c'est toi! (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Pauline Cheviller; Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
1:49
9
Pauvres ombres désespérées (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Andrew Staples; Pauline Cheviller; Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:25
Perséphone, Pt. 3  
10
C'est ainsi, nous raconte Homère (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Andrew Staples; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:29
11
Venez à nous, enfants des hommes (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Finnish National Opera Children's Chorus; Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
6:10
12
Parle, Perséphone, raconte (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Pauline Cheviller; Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:11
13
Ainsi vers l'ombre souterraine (Live)
Igor Stravinsky; Andrew Staples; Finnish National Opera Chorus; Finnish National Opera Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
2:02
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    50:03
Stravinsky’s second ode to spring, Perséphone (1934) is a dynamic music-theatrical narration of the myth of Persephone’s abduction to the underworld and return to earth. The transparent, sober but evocative music epitomizes Stravinsky’s sensuous take on Neoclassicism, and the piece showcases Stravinsky’s eclectic, original and highly personal approach to music and musical drama through a playful mixture of several genres – melodrama, song, chorus, dance and pantomime. Ultimately, Perséphone offers Stravinsky’s second ode to spring, albeit without the brutal excesses of Le Sacre.

This album was recorded live during the Helsinki Festival 2017 with a star cast featuring English tenor Andrew Staples and French actress Pauline Cheviller. They join forces with the Finnish National Opera’s chorus, children’s chorus and orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in a breath-taking performance that lifts out the piece’s transformative power.
96.0 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PENTATONE Studio Masters

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