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Stravinsky: Octet, L'Histoire du Soldat

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Stravinsky: Octet, L'Histoire du Soldat
Stravinsky: Octet, L'Histoire du Soldat


Under the baton of conductor Mark Scatterday, the Eastman Wind Ensemble celebrates its 60th anniversary with its first recording for Avie, a superb reading of Stravinsky's Octet, while the Eastman Virtuosi, with narrator Jan Opalach, deliver a devilish rendition of L'Histoire du Soldat.

Harking back to a golden era in recording, when the ensembles of the Eastman School of Music under the baton of the legendary Frederick Fennell made dozens of pioneering recordings for Mercury Living Presence, the Eastman Wind Ensemble celebrates its 60th anniversary with its first recording for Avie Records featuring two seminal works by Stravinsky. The composer's music figured early on in the EWE's history - his Symphonies for Wind Instruments was performed in 1951 on a programme conducted by Frederick Fennell that led to the establishment of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. And in 1966, at the age of 83, Stravinsky made his one and only visit to the Eastman School of Music, overseeing performances of several of his works.

Under Mark Scatterday, who continues in the prestigious lineage as only the fourth conductor in the EWE's history, the superior student ensemble performs Stravinsky's Octet, while Eastman Virtuosi, made up of the Eastman School's renowned faculty members, turn in a devilishly fine rendition of A Soldier's Tale. Jan Opalach delivers an exceptionally nuanced narration as well as portraying the folk tale's two protagonists, Joseph the solider and the Devil.

Personnel: Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Virtuosi, Mark Scatterday (conductor), Jan Opalach (narrator)

Critical acclaim for Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Virtuosi:

"Sonorous recordings extraordinary depth" - Gramophone

"Insightful, interpretive, passionate readings" - The New York Times

"America's premiere wind band" - Fanfare


  1. Name
  2. Octet for Wind Instruments (1923, rev. 1952), Sinfonia (Lento - Allegro moderato)
  3. Tema con Variazioni (Andantino)
  4. Finale (Sempre = 116, Tempo giusto)
  5. L'Histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (1918), Part I: The Soldier's March
  6. Narration
  7. Music to Scene I
  8. Narration
  9. Music to Scene II
  10. Narration
  11. Music to Scene IIIa
  12. Narration
  13. Music to Scene IIIb
  14. Narration
  15. Part II: The Soldier's March
  16. Narration
  17. The Royal March
  18. Narration
  19. The Little Concert
  20. Narration
  21. Three Dances. Tango, Waltz, Ragtime
  22. Narration
  23. The Devil's Dance
  24. Narration
  25. The Little Chorale
  26. The Devil's Song
  27. Great Chorale
  28. Narration
  29. Triumphal March of the Devil
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