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Debussy * Stravinsky: Debussy la Boite a Joujoux (Arr Caplet)

Magazine article Gramophone

Debussy * Stravinsky: Debussy la Boite a Joujoux (Arr Caplet)

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Debussy * Stravinsky

Debussy La boite a joujoux (arr Caplet) Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 version) (a) Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Ludovic Morlot Seattle Symphony Media (F) SSM1010 (69' * DDD)

(a) Recorded live at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, June 19 & 21,2014

Competition could scarcely be fiercer in Petrushka. Unlike Vladimir Jurowski's recent offering, this one opts for the 1947 version. The results don't quite have the rath degree of velocity and panache required to counter the absence of 1911's glittery glockenspiel and other Impressionistic effects, but there are some imaginative touches, especially from the winds. In bringing the puppets to life the Showman's magical flute solo is not to be rushed. The Ballerina/trumpeter pirouettes without the awkward underpinning lately encouraged by Mariss Jansons. And if the ejection of Petrushka from the Moor's quarters seems comparatively sedate, Ludovic Morlot is doubtless being faithful to the printed page. Go to Leonard Bernstein or Simon Rattle if you want more adrenalin, albeit in lower fi. This clean and dextrous live account, shorn of applause by the way, is eminently recommendable.

The toyshop ballet coupling, made without an audience, is thematically well chosen and only those listening straight through in the old-fashioned way might be disconcerted that it follows on with scarcely a break. …

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