Listen: Stravinsky’s lost Chant makes its record debut

Listen: Stravinsky’s lost Chant makes its record debut


norman lebrecht

November 29, 2017

The orchestral work that young Igor Stravinsky wrote in 1908 to mourn his teacher Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov turned up two years ago in a St Petersburg archive. The Chant Funèbre was given a modern premiere by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra and recorded last summer by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, conductor Riccardo Chailly.

Decca will release it in January.

You can hear a clip here:


  • iheartstravinsky says:

    You can also hear the US debut in an upcoming Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast as conducted by Dutoit. This airs on WFMT 17 Dec., and later at

  • John Borstlap says:

    The music in the video sounds like an echo of “Feu d’Artifice’, which seems to me much more interesting.

    Such early pieces are mostly hyped because the composer’s name means money making. And the idiom sells better than the VIolin or Piano Concerto or Psalm Symphony, let alone Agon or the Requickles.

  • harold braun says:

    Interesting piece,some things sound already much like Firebird.More advanced harmonically than feu dÁrtifice.