Igor Stravinsky - Works of Igor Stravinsky 22cd £14.56 @ Select Cheaper
Igor Stravinsky - Works of Igor Stravinsky 22cd £14.56 @ Select Cheaper

Igor Stravinsky - Works of Igor Stravinsky 22cd £14.56 @ Select Cheaper

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This set scores 5 out of 5 from 10 reviewers on Amazon. Here's one review from a Top 500 reviewer

This is unbelievable. OK, the recordings have been around for years and presumably have paid their way, but it is still generous of Sony to offer a set of this musical and historical importance, excellence and sheer size for SO little money. I know the better-known Stravinsky - the earlier ballet scores, the symphonies, some of the chamber pieces, 'The Rake's Progress', 'Oedipus Rex' pretty well, but one of the great joys of this set is coming upon little-known, sometimes quite small pieces, which are so delightful. And was there ever a composer with such a range, writing for all kinds and combinations of voices and instruments and in so many styles (I had never heard the early 'Symphony', which is like a turn-of-the-century Russian sub-Tchaikovsky piece, and great fun ; or there are beautiful little songs to quirky texts, wonderful inventive variations on a Bach chorale, and many, many other things)? There are brief but very telling, even charming rehearsal sequences, an interview and some historical performances, all interesting. We hear Szigeti, Benny Goodman, Charles Rosen, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Roger Sessions, Evelyn Lear, Phillipe Entremont, Alexander Young and Stravinsky himself at the piano. Stravinsky was a marvellous conductor of his own works, and these interpretations are full of life, rhythmically precise, usually very expertly played and very well recorded. There is, for example, woodwind detail in 'Firebird' that I have never heard before, but it is not unnaturally highlit - it just sounds 'right'. Sony have not pushed out the boat on presentation - the 22 CDs are in simple card sleeves (though with lovely archive photos of Stravinsky), the booklet is minimal but OK and the CDs come in an adequate box, but really, who cares? This is a fantastic set which does full justice to a fascinating, towering composer, and at a price anyone can afford. Hooray!!

The site says 10 available.

I find delivery from Select Cheaper can take the best part of 2 weeks.

EDIT just realised they offer 5% at Quidco

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How many of you know Stravinsky "wrote" the theme for the film Jaws.

Not quite true, but John Williams "borrowed" a theme from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring for the Jaws theme.

Go to the link below and scroll down a little bit where you see all the tracks listed.

See track 2 (the Augurs of spring), well press the arrow on the left to hear a preview.

This has the "Jaws" theme in it.

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