NIKOLAI TCHEREPNIN (1873-1945): Narcisse et Echo - Ballet, Op. 40, Prelude La Princess Lointaine, Op. 4.
Catalogue Number: 06V002
Reference: 555 250-2
Description: A 1911 score for stage designer Léon Bakst and the choreographer Michel Fokine brought the best out of Tcherepnin. The colorful gradations that Bakst discovered as an optical solution, sometimes the contrast between the Dionysian and Apollonian principles, and the contrast between the bright attire of the Boetians and the dark, muted color of the nymph Echo, who laments her unrequited love, are reflected in the changing orchestral coloration of the music. Tcherepnin’s music, in part pervaded by a tenor’s vocalises and a vocal ensemble, becomes a brilliant, highly pictorial subject. This is a stylized antiquity with an exquisiteness, beauty, and refinement integrated into a cult, and these characteristics situate the Narcissus score – one of the interesting aesthetic artistic monuments of the early twentieth century – in the vicinity of impressionism and modernism. Bamberg Symphony; Łukasz Borowicz.