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Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale

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The theme could not be more relevant when Stravinsky wrote the music for the performance The Soldier’s Tale in 1917-1918 – the world was in flaming war.

Like many artists in Europe, Stravinsky had fled to neutral Switzerland, where he met the author Charles F Ramuz. His story of the soldier who sold his violin to the devil for glory and money was also a reflection of the artists’ terms. Freedom or success? Stravinsky was perhaps proof that both were possible.

The music, influenced by jazz and with elements such as ragtime and tango, does very well on its own. This is shown by Santtu-Matias Rouvali and musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in the suite of vivid movements Stravinsky compiled from the original music.

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Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale


Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

Terje Skomedal violin

Jenny Ryderberg contrabass

Ragnar Arnberg clarinet

Constantin Gerstein bassoon

Per Ivarsson trumpet

Endre Vetås trombone

Martin Ödlund percussion

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