Maazel, Vienna Deliver Competent Stravinsky

The early works of Igor Stravinsky are, perhaps, the acid test of his interpreters. The jagged rhythms and strident harmonies of those Russian folk-based pieces demand not only a competent delivery but lithe, fluid voicings. Maazel and the Vienna are more than equal to the task of rendering the strictly compositional demands of the original version of Petrouchka, Le chant du rossignol and the very early (opus 4) Feu d'artifice. But the sublime intermingling of orchestral layers and the grace-noted subtleties of the works elude them. The sound however, brings out all that they bring to the works ... and more.