Stravinsky Concerto in D for String Orchestra, and more…

Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for string orchestra was composed in response to a 1946 commission from Paul Sacher to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Basel Chamber Orchestra (Basler Kammerorchester, BKO. It premiered on January 27, 1947 in Basel, Switzerland with the Basel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Sacher.

The concerto has also been choreographed a number of times to be a Ballet.

This CD contains some other, smaller works composed by Igor Stravinsky produced that illustrate his unique style. The two Suites were arranged from the original piano pieces intended for children. The three pieces for string quartet are unlike anything from the period of the early 1900’s: No sign of late romanticism here, or of the Second Viennese School; rather, it is the unique and new Stravinsky world – icy, different, but very Russian. The Octet sounds superficially like a dissonant wind divertimento by Mozart.

Tracks on this CD are:

  • Concerto in D for string orchestra ‘Basler’ Concertino
  • Suites Nos. 1 & 2 for Small Orchestra
  • Praeludium for jazz ensemble
  • Scherzo a la Russe
  • Tango
  • Ragtime, for eleven instruments
  • Fanfare for a New Theatre
  • Octet for Wind Instruments
  • Duet for bassoons
  • Three Pieces for String Quartet

Here is a video of two movements from the Concerto in D-Major:

Igor Stravinsky: Concerto in D Major for String Orchestra, II. Arioso & III. Rondo:

And here’s one more video of the second movement of the same work:

Finally, here is Ted Wiprud, providing a more detailed explanation of this music:

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