Release Date: 09/01/14
JiÅÃ KyliÃ¡n feels a great affinity for Stravinsky, who, like himself, was forced to leave his homeland. He describes the composer's music drama L'Histoire du soldat as a 'surrealistic fairy tale for grown-up children'. His version of the piece uses the original French version libretto by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz. With scenery and costumes by John MacFarlane, this studio recording features Nacho Duato as the soldier who sells his soul to the Devil for wealth, but is forced to wander the world.The onset of the First World War and the Russian Revolution of 1917 had drastic consequences for Stravinsky in his Swiss exile: his property was confiscated, and he thereby lost the rights to his works and the associated income, leaving him in a situation which isolated him as an artist. LâHistoire du soldat, with its diversity, its structure, the switching between narration, action, mime and dance, and its elements from tango, English Waltz and Ragtime, could not have been categorised under any genre which existed at the time. It was premiered on 28 September 1918 and in this version is brilliantly reinterpreted by the Nederlands Dans Theater.
|Label: Arthaus Musik|
|Run Time: 51 mins|
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