“studio reihe” now continues with a work by Igor Stravinsky:
Stravinsky's last ballet composition “Agon. Ballet for Twelve Dancers” was written over a period of three years (1954–1957). During that time, he used various composition methods: As a result, modal and serial techniques are interwoven in a unique way.
Stravinsky evidently based the construction of his work on a French dance textbook from the mid-17th century. In addition, according to its formal structure, “Agon” is a suite which, in its outward semblance, also follows an example from the 17th century. The choreographic content of the piece is both timeless and lacking in substance: For Stravinsky composed his work without any thought of décor or scenery. No specific musical or choreographic intention was to be pursued; the visual performance was to be left entirely to the interpretation of the choreographer.
The recordings were originally published on LP in 1964 (WERGO, WER 50002).
In den 60er Jahren des vergangenen Jahrhunderts schuf WERGO mit der ʺstudio reihe neuer musikʺ eine Kennmarke der avancierten zeitgenössischen Musik. Die Höhepunkte der Musikgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts hat das Label in maßstabsetzenden Einspielungen herausgebracht.