Stravinsky: Les noces

Completed by Theo Verbey | 2007



Solo Voice(s) soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass Chorus SATB 2perc/2cim.hmn.pianola

Commissioned by:
Peppie Wiersma with financial support from the Société Gavigniès

First performance:
15 August 2009 at the Hermitage in Amsterdam as the opening concert of the Grachtenfestival, performed by Cappella Amsterdam:
Françoise Rivalland: Cimbalom
Michiel Weidner: Cimbalom
Dirk Luijmes: Harmonium
Peppie Wiersma: Percussion
Rozemarie Heggen: Percussion

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Press Quotes

“Of all his ballets, Stravinsky’s Les Noces – an evocation of Russian peasant wedding rituals – was the one he laboured over longest as he changed his mind several times about its instrumentation.[…]

All that said, the pianola’s mechanistic and inexorable tempo drives much of the performance, effectively depersonalising the ritual while sharpening the rhythmic profile of much of the music. Yet the Ensemble Aedes and its various soloists, even while working with the pianola’s relentless drive, admirably characterise their singing, one moment full of rough enthusiasm or raw emotion, the next beguilingly lyrical.

Hearing Stravinsky’s long-desired but originally unfulfilled version of Les Noces – so compellingly realised between Verbey and these fine musicians – is worth the price of entry alone.” – Daniel Jaffe, BBC Music Magazine