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Stravinsky: Apollo; Concerto for Strings; Prokofiev: 20 Visions fugitives ()

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Yuri Bashmet's performances with the Moscow Soloists of a ballet and concerto by Stravinsky and transcriptions of a set of piano pieces by Prokofiev are notable for two things. First is the elegance and refinement of his readings. The subject of Stravinsky's ballet Apollo makes the work's intelligent rigor and restraint obvious, and the performance is scrupulously polished and thoughtfully considered. A second, seemingly contradictory characteristic is the sensuality Bashmet brings to the score. It would be easy to argue that most dance is essentially Dionysian, with its overt celebration of the body. The fact that Stravinsky brought his Apollonian sensibility to this Dionysian art form certainly created the kind of dynamic tension that makes the works so intriguing. While Bashmet brilliantly conveys the music's intellectuality, he also infuses it with a rhythmic fluidity and sense of corporeality that leave no doubt this music was created to accompany bodies in motion. He brings the same approach to... Hide synopsis

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