Genre: Classical
Composer: Stravinsky
Format: 33RPM,


Stravinsky The Firebird 180g LP

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180g Virgin Vinyl! High Quality Pressing!
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering

Antal Dorati conducts the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra for Stravinsky's The Firebird.

"The Firebird" can almost be described as a work of fate, since it is not only the first of several ballets that Stravinsky wrote for Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes but also marks his international breakthrough as a composer. In comparison with his other earlier stage works, the ecstatic, sharply contoured "Rite of Spring" for example, "The Firebird", with its melodic character, is a far gentler work altogether. There are unmistakable reminiscences of the musical language of Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky as well as snatches of late-Romantic harmonies; all this lends the music the charm of Russian tradition.

In his performance, Dorati chooses the golden mean in that he has his ensemble produce a highly colourful but by no means glaring sound. Thus the listener is given the opportunity to follow the development of the finely chiseled motifs which are so characteristic of this early composition. Happily, the chamber-music-like transparency is preserved even in the loud, more exposed passages – the sound leaves the loudspeakers with a sprightly, athletic tread, as it were.

• 180g Virgin Vinyl
• High Quality Pressing
• Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering

London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati, conductor

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The Firebird
Side A:
1. Introduction And The Enchanted Garden Of Kastchei
2. Visit Of The Firebird Followed By Prince Ivan
3. Dance Of The Firebird
4. Prince Ivan Captures The Firebird
5. An Appearance Of Thirteen Princesses
6. Game Of The Princesses With The Golden Apples

Side B:
1. Sudden Appearance Of Prince Ivan
2. Round-Dance Of The Princessess
3. Daybreak
4. The Demonic Bells, Apparition Of Monster-Guards Of Kastchei And The Capture Of Prince Ivan
5. Dialogue Of Prince Ivan And Kastchei
6. Infernal Dance Of Kastchei And His Court And The Lullaby
7. Kastchei's Death
8. Animation Of The Petrified Knights, And General Rejoicing

Recorded June 1959 at Watford Town Hall, London

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