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STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite; Appolon Musagete; Concerto in D for Strings – Tapiola Sinfonietta/ Masaaki Suzuki  – BIS

STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite; Appolon Musagete; Concerto in D for Strings – Tapiola Sinfonietta/ Masaaki Suzuki – BIS

STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite; Appolon Musagete; Concerto in D for Strings – Tapiola Sinfonietta/ Masaaki Suzuki  – BIS multichannel SACD 2211, 64:55 [Distr. by Naxos] (6/3/16) ****½: A sensational performance in high-definition sound of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. Masaaki Suzuki must be pleased to see the culmination of his long-term project of recording all of Bach’s choral music, which has been handsomely released on a 55-SACD set by BIS. But for this indefatigable artist there is no rest. We find him on the back cover dressed in white, a radiant sage with hands suggesting restless intelligence. For this recording, he has crossed oceans, continents and centuries to give us an all-Stravinsky concert with the superb Finnish Tapiola Sinfonietta. The Pulcinella Suite is the main attraction here, and it is a piece of wondrous invention. It is a tired cliche to point out that it belongs to the composers “classical” rediscovery of the past; It is utterly unlike the other works from that period. In fact, it sounds more eternally fresh than The Rite Of Spring or Firebird. Perhaps it constitutes a masterpiece in a genre best nominated “the comic sublime.” Each movement limns a radically individual musical character associated with Commedia dell’ […]