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Stravinsky - The Firebird

Composer Fryderyk Chopin
Jean Sibelius
Igor Stravinsky
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Performer Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-1874 SACD
EAN 7318599918747
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jan 2012
Total time 71'40

Classics Today 10/10, March 2012, Disc of the Month; “The Want List” Fanfare 11-12/2012

The Firebird was Igor Stravinsky’s first full-length ballet, but not his first collaboration with Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes. In 1909, a year before the triumphant première of The Firebird, the charismatic impresario had commissioned Stravinsky to orchestrate two piano compositions by Chopin for use in another project. Evidently pleased with the result, he invited the young composer to write the music for the next production of his ballet company, to a scenario based on various well-known Russian fairy-tale characters. The score holds several moments that recall Scriabin, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky’s teacher, Rimsky-Korsakov, but the mature Stravinsky is already present in the superb orchestral craft and the vivid rhythmic imagination. Rather than either of the two suites which Stravinsky later prepared, Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have chosen to record the original ballet score, allowing us to relish the enormous range of colours springing from what the composer later described as a ‘wastefully large’ orchestration. Soon after The Firebird, Stravinsky went on to influence the direction of music with Petrushka and The Rite of Spring – two scores which appear on a recent release with the same performers. That much acclaimed disc was short-listed for a 2011 Gramophone Award, named Editor’s Choice in Classic FM Magazine, and selected as Disc of the Month by the websites Classics Today and Classics Today France, and the recording itself was praised on a par with the interpretation and playing, with the reviewer in International Record Review describing ‘the efforts of the BIS recording team’ as ‘truly magnificent’. The present disc includes not only The Firebird, but also the above-mentioned Chopin orchestrations, as well as arrangements of pieces by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, ending with Stravinsky’s tongue-in-cheek 1955 Greeting Prelude for the 80th birthday of Pierre Monteux, the conductor who had given the world premières of both Petrushka and The Rite of Spring some forty years earlier.
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  Igor Stravinsky
  L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), 1910 Ballet Score
01 Introduction 2'26
  Igor Stravinsky
  L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird) - I. Tableau 40'57
02 Le Jardin enchanté de Kastchei 1'38
03 Apparition de l’oiseau de feu, poursuivi par Ivan Tsarévitch 2'17
04 Danse de l’oiseau de feu 1'19
05 Capture de l’oiseau de feu par Ivan Tsarévitch 0'51
06 Supplications de l’oiseau de feu 5'46
07 Apparition des treize princesses enchantées 2'34
08 Jeu des princesses avec les pommes d’or 2'32
09 Brusque apparition d’Ivan Tsarévitch 1'16
10 Khorovode (Ronde) des princesses 4'58
11 Lever du jour – Ivan Tsarévitch pénètre dans le palais de Kastchei 1'24
12 Carillon féerique, apparition des monstres-gardiens de Kastchei et capture d’Ivan Tsarévitch 1'26
13 Arrivée de Kastchei l’immortel 1'10
14 Dialogue de Kastchei avec Ivan Tsarévitch 1'24
15 Intercession des princesses 1'12
16 Apparition de l’oiseau de feu 0'31
17 Danse de la suite de Kastchei, enchantée par l’oiseau de feu 0'44
18 Danse infernale de tous les sujets de Kastchei 4'30
19 Berceuse (L’oiseau de feu) 2'58
20 Réveil de Kastchei 0'56
21 Mort de Kastchei – Profondes ténèbres 1'31
  Igor Stravinsky
  L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird) - II. Tableau
22 Disparition du palais et des sortilèges de Kastchei, animation des chevaliers petrifies. Allégresse générale 3'31
  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  Pas-De-Deux (L’Oiseau bleu – Bluebird) from the ballet
‘The Sleeping Beauty’, arr. Igor Stravinsky
23 1. Adagio 2'10
24 2. Variation I. Tempo di Valse 0'45
25 3. Variation II. Andantino 0'43
26 4. Coda. Con moto 1'28
  Jean Sibelius
  Canzonetta, Op.62a for two clarinets, four horns, harp, and
double bass, arr. Igor Stravinsky
27 Canzonetta, Op.62a for two clarinets, four horns, harp and double bass, arr. Igor Stravinsky 3'24
  Fryderyk Chopin
28 Nocturne in A flat major Op.32 No.1, orch. Igor Stravinsky 7'31
  Fryderyk Chopin
29 Grande Valse Brillante Op.18, orch. Igor Stravinsky 6'07
  Igor Stravinsky
30 Greeting Prelude for the 80th birthday of Pierre Monteux 0'51
  Album total 71'40
ComposerChopin, Fryderyk
Sibelius, Jean
Stravinsky, Igor
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich
OrchestraBergen Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorLitton, Andrew
ArrangerStravinsky, Igor
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