Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s death in April 2021, The Philadelphia Orchestra and their Principal Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin are honouring the Russian composer with a recording of his Funeral Song, op. 5. This early work was only recently rediscovered: Stravinsky wrote it in 1908 under the impression of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s death – the famous composer having been his highly respected teacher –, but the orchestral score has been presumed lost since the troubles of the Russian Revolution in 1917. However, when the St. Petersburg Conservatory was renovated in 2016, the complete orchestra parts of the Funeral Song were found, which of course attracted wide interest in the musical world.
This EP is released today, 2 April 2021.