IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971): Perséphone.
Catalogue Number: 04M061
Description: Stravinsky described this 1934 work as "a masque or a dance pantomime". Persephone is voiced by an actress while a tenor acts as a guide for listeners, sometimes combining which chorus; there are also orchestral interludes. The style is similar to that of the 1939 Symphony in C with some parts quite balletic and others strongly rhythmical but it all is strongly tonal and very attractive. Not only do we have Wunderlich's voice in this almost unknown work (aside from Sony's huge Stravinsky box, there is only one mono [also with the composer] and one stereo recording available today) but the conductor is the black American Dixon whose discography is hardly epic in scope. Clear mono recording from, as Audite has been doing lately, the original master tapes in German radio archives. No texts. Doris Schade (narrator), Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Schwanheim Children's Choir, Choirs of Hessian Radio and of South German Radio, Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Dean Dixon (rec. Nov. 11, 1960).