Magazine article Gramophone

Stravinsky: Apollon Musagete

Magazine article Gramophone

Stravinsky: Apollon Musagete

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Apollon musagete. Concerto in D. Pulcinella-Suite

Tapiola Sinfonietta / Masaaki Suzuki

BIS (F) M. BIS2211 (65' * DDD/DSD)

Intentionally or not, Masaaki Suzuki's first foray into 20th-century repertoire on disc recalls that of Neville Marrimer, whose 1960s pairing of the Pulcinella Suite and Apollo (Argo, 10/68) served notice that the Academy of St Martin in the Fields were moving away from Baroque moorings. Suzuki has chosen to set down these works with a Finnish ensemble but many of the features of his Bach Collegium Japan recordings survive the transition.

We are accustomed to crisp, squeaky-clean Stravinsky nowadays, but Suzuki is a time traveller who restricts string vibrato more than some will like. In Apollo he delights in refreshing Stravinsky's unexpected chords with a distinctly scrunchy edge, while his nicely animated Pulcinella tends to be voiced d Pancienne. Balances are carefully considered throughout, the microphones brought quite close within an ample acoustic. Indeed, the only sonic surprise is the sharp intake of breath, if that's what it is, at the very start. …

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