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Martha Argerich|Stravinsky: Noces, Renard & Ragtime

Stravinsky: Noces, Renard & Ragtime

Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire & Charles Dutoit

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Recorded during Charles Dutoit's flamboyant youth, when he was considered Ernest Ansermet's successor in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, this album is still perfectly fresh fully fifty years after it was made. It is a pity that there are no liner notes to contextualise a recording that has marked its time.

The very young Dutoit had worked on Stravinsky's Les Noces with Ansermet, their first performer, at the age of sixteen, before following all of Stravinsky's own rehearsals at the Tanglewood Festival for the same work. He rubbed shoulders daily with the old composer, whom this young man pleasantly reminded of his own youth in the canton of Vaud: Les Noces and Renard date back to the collaboration between Stravinsky, Ansermet and the poet Charles Ferdinand Ramuz.

Made in September 1972, only a few months after Stravinsky's death, this recording featured instrumentalists from the Bern Symphony Orchestra, of which Charles Dutoit was the director before his departure for Montreal. The young soloists present on this record all went on to achieve brilliant careers, starting with Martha Argerich, Dutoit's wife at the time, as well as pianist Nelson Freire, singers Basia Retchitzka, Arlette Chédel, Eric Tappy, Pierre-André Blaser (spelt Blazer on the cover), Philippe Huttenlocher and Jules Bastin.

It is of course the original French version of the two works, based on Ramuz's text, which is presented here, further enhanced by the perfect diction of the singers, and completed by the Ragtime for 18 instruments, composed in 1918 in the wake of L'Histoire du soldat, which was, moreover, Dutoit's first recording for the Erato label, and made a few months earlier.

This fabulous record is also a story of youth and of the friendship between all the protagonists as well as a sensational performance of energy, swing and humour, with a clear and precise sound recording by Peter Willemoës, the sound engineer who worked wonders in the golden age of the French label. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Les noces: Tableau I. La tresse
Charles Dutoit
00:05:08

Martha Argerich, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Eric Tappy, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Huttenlocher, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nelson Freire, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Suzanne Husson, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Basia Retchitzka, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Arlette Chédel, FeaturedArtist, Alto Vocals - Markus Ernst, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Jean-Claude Forestier, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Edward Auer, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Rafael Zambrano, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Grand Chœur de l'Université de Lausanne, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Harald Glamsch, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Roland Manigley, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Urs Herdi, Percussion, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited. Remastered 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

2
Les noces: Tableau II. Chez le marié
Charles Dutoit
00:05:54

Martha Argerich, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Eric Tappy, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Huttenlocher, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nelson Freire, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Suzanne Husson, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Basia Retchitzka, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Arlette Chédel, FeaturedArtist, Alto Vocals - Markus Ernst, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Jean-Claude Forestier, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Edward Auer, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Rafael Zambrano, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Grand Chœur de l'Université de Lausanne, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Harald Glamsch, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Roland Manigley, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Urs Herdi, Percussion, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited. Remastered 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

3
Les noces: Tableau III. Le départ de la mariée
Charles Dutoit
00:03:30

Martha Argerich, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Eric Tappy, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Huttenlocher, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nelson Freire, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Suzanne Husson, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Basia Retchitzka, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Arlette Chédel, FeaturedArtist, Alto Vocals - Markus Ernst, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Jean-Claude Forestier, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Edward Auer, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Rafael Zambrano, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Grand Chœur de l'Université de Lausanne, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Harald Glamsch, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Roland Manigley, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Urs Herdi, Percussion, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited. Remastered 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

4
Les noces: Tableau IV. Le repas de noces
Charles Dutoit
00:09:51

Martha Argerich, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Eric Tappy, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Huttenlocher, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Nelson Freire, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Suzanne Husson, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Basia Retchitzka, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Arlette Chédel, FeaturedArtist, Alto Vocals - Markus Ernst, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Jean-Claude Forestier, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Edward Auer, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Rafael Zambrano, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Grand Chœur de l'Université de Lausanne, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Harald Glamsch, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Roland Manigley, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Urs Herdi, Percussion, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited. Remastered 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

5
Renard: Marche. Entrée des acteurs
Charles Dutoit
00:01:03

Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Michel Garcin, Producer - Peter Willemoës, Engineer - Siegfried Schmidt, Dulcimer, FeaturedArtist - Charles Dutoit Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited

6
Renard: "Où ça, où ça ?" (Le Coq, Le Renard, La Chèvre, Le Chat)
Charles Dutoit
00:04:32

Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Michel Garcin, Producer - Jules Bastin, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Pierre-André Blazer, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Peter Willemoës, Engineer - Eric Tappy, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Huttenlocher, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Siegfried Schmidt, Dulcimer, FeaturedArtist - Charles Dutoit Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited

7
Renard: "Ah, mon Dieu, mon Dieu ! Il me tir' par la queue" (Le Coq, Le Renard, La Chèvre, Le Chat)
Charles Dutoit
00:02:34

Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Michel Garcin, Producer - Jules Bastin, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Pierre-André Blazer, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Peter Willemoës, Engineer - Eric Tappy, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Huttenlocher, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Siegfried Schmidt, Dulcimer, FeaturedArtist - Charles Dutoit Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited

8
Renard: "Je suis sur mon bâton" (Le Coq, Le Renard, La Chèvre, Le Chat)
Charles Dutoit
00:02:38

Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Michel Garcin, Producer - Jules Bastin, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Pierre-André Blazer, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Peter Willemoës, Engineer - Eric Tappy, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Huttenlocher, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Siegfried Schmidt, Dulcimer, FeaturedArtist - Charles Dutoit Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited

9
Renard: "Ah, mon Dieu, mon Dieu ! Il m'a pris les ch'veux" (Le Coq, Le Renard, La Chèvre, Le Chat)
Charles Dutoit
00:03:37

Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Michel Garcin, Producer - Jules Bastin, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Pierre-André Blazer, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Peter Willemoës, Engineer - Eric Tappy, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Huttenlocher, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Siegfried Schmidt, Dulcimer, FeaturedArtist - Charles Dutoit Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited

10
Renard: "Mèr' Renard, mèr' Renard, pourquoi nous quitter déjà" (Le Coq, Le Renard, La Chèvre, Le Chat)
Charles Dutoit
00:01:43

Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Michel Garcin, Producer - Jules Bastin, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Pierre-André Blazer, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Peter Willemoës, Engineer - Eric Tappy, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Huttenlocher, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Siegfried Schmidt, Dulcimer, FeaturedArtist - Charles Dutoit Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited

11
Ragtime for Eleven Instruments
Charles Dutoit
00:04:46

Charles Dutoit, Conductor, MainArtist - Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Charles Dutoit Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1973 Warner Music UK Limited. Remastered 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

Album Description

Recorded during Charles Dutoit's flamboyant youth, when he was considered Ernest Ansermet's successor in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, this album is still perfectly fresh fully fifty years after it was made. It is a pity that there are no liner notes to contextualise a recording that has marked its time.

The very young Dutoit had worked on Stravinsky's Les Noces with Ansermet, their first performer, at the age of sixteen, before following all of Stravinsky's own rehearsals at the Tanglewood Festival for the same work. He rubbed shoulders daily with the old composer, whom this young man pleasantly reminded of his own youth in the canton of Vaud: Les Noces and Renard date back to the collaboration between Stravinsky, Ansermet and the poet Charles Ferdinand Ramuz.

Made in September 1972, only a few months after Stravinsky's death, this recording featured instrumentalists from the Bern Symphony Orchestra, of which Charles Dutoit was the director before his departure for Montreal. The young soloists present on this record all went on to achieve brilliant careers, starting with Martha Argerich, Dutoit's wife at the time, as well as pianist Nelson Freire, singers Basia Retchitzka, Arlette Chédel, Eric Tappy, Pierre-André Blaser (spelt Blazer on the cover), Philippe Huttenlocher and Jules Bastin.

It is of course the original French version of the two works, based on Ramuz's text, which is presented here, further enhanced by the perfect diction of the singers, and completed by the Ragtime for 18 instruments, composed in 1918 in the wake of L'Histoire du soldat, which was, moreover, Dutoit's first recording for the Erato label, and made a few months earlier.

This fabulous record is also a story of youth and of the friendship between all the protagonists as well as a sensational performance of energy, swing and humour, with a clear and precise sound recording by Peter Willemoës, the sound engineer who worked wonders in the golden age of the French label. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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