Stravinsky: L'Histoire du soldat - Sinclair

Stravinsky: L'Histoire du soldat - Sinclair

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Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale

Malcolm Sinclair (narrator)
LSO Chamber Ensemble
Roman Simovic (violin & direction)

A septet of LSO musicians relive the Russian folk tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle for unparalleled economic gain in Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. A theatrical work ‘to be read, played and danced,’ British stage & television actor Malcom Sinclair narrates, leading audience members through the soldier’s regretful decision. A student of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Sinclair has performed widely, both in Britain and internationally, in theatrical roles that have included Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. Across his cinematic career, Sinclair has acted in several blockbuster films, including the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, and V for Vendetta.

Performed in 2015 as part of the Barbican’s inaugural Sound Unbound festival, The Soldier’s Tale was recorded in the Jerwood Hall of LSO St. Luke’s, a vibrant venue which is also home to the Orchestra’s community and music education programme. Directed by violinist Roman Simovic, the ensemble for this project featured veteran principal players from across the LSO, including bassoonist Rachel Gough, clarinetist Andrew Marriner, percussionist Neil Percy and trumpet player Philip Cobb.

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Comment by hiredfox - July 6, 2018 (1 of 2)

This recording is actually a bit of a gem, beautifully played, full of wit and charm and a 128fs DSD recording to die for. Classic Sounds have done an absolutely fantastic job at LSO St Luke's in London with a recording of staggering precision, realism and spaciousness that lights up your listening room in a way that most do not.

Malcolm Sinclair's narration of the Soldier in particular with Cockney accent and English text is a winning master-stroke. This is simply a wonderful production recapturing the ad-hoc spirt of a performance by a small thespian touring group in the open air as Stravinsky intended.

I loved it and thoroughly recommend it to all who enjoy something that is slightly different without ever being cliched. This is one of those rare recordings that you will spin over and over again. Well done LSO and Classic Sounds!

Comment by Adrian Quanjer - July 15, 2018 (2 of 2)

Well John, I don’t know which step you are on the social ladder, but if I can understand the narration it can’t be cockney. I’m afraid it’s just ordinary rather than what some used to call ‘the Queen’s English’. Things do change over the years, don’t they?’ I like the recording, though.