Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa / Sinfonieorchester Basel

Igor Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (Original Version from 1911)

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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Following his 2016 release of Igor Stravinsky's L'Oiseau de feu with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Dennis Russell Davies presents the 1911 ballet Pétrouchka in its original version, along with the piano four hands arrangement that was published the same year. The Basel musicians play with great attention to details, dynamics, and instrumental color, and Davies paces the work with a steady hand to insure that nothing is lost or hurried past. Because of his care, some differences between the original version and the more frequently heard 1947 revision may be easier for experienced listeners to make out. The piano four hands transcription is not as famous as Stravinsky's Three Movements from Pétrouchka for solo piano, which has become the most frequently recorded keyboard version. Davies and his wife Maki Namekawa play with incisive attacks, subtle nuances, and clean textures, and all the polyrhythms and inner lines are fully articulated, though at times the duo's precision can seem a little cautious. Even so, there's no trade-off of excitement for meticulous playing, because Davies and Namekawa are passionately involved with the music, and they convey the work's boisterousness and magic without missing a beat. Highly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Pétrouchka (Original Version from 1911), Version for Orchestra
1 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 05:53 Amazon
2 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 01:41 Amazon
3 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 02:55 Amazon
4 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 04:33 Amazon
5 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 03:04 Amazon
6 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 00:43 Amazon
7 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 02:12 Amazon
8 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 01:01 Amazon
9 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 01:09 Amazon
10 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 05:02 Amazon
11 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 02:04 Amazon
12 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 05:26 Amazon
Pétrouchka (Original Version from 1911), Version for Piano Four Hands
13 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 05:56 Amazon
14 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 02:14 Amazon
15 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 03:09 Amazon
16 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 04:49 Amazon
17 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 03:03 Amazon
18 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 00:45 Amazon
19 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 02:13 Amazon
20 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 01:11 Amazon
21 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 01:25 Amazon
22 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 05:55 Amazon
23 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 02:19 Amazon
24 Sinfonieorchester Basel / Dennis Russell Davies / Maki Namekawa 05:51 Amazon
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