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Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird; Symphony of Psalms

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>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms

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>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms
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Notes & Reviews:

The Telegraph
The volatility of The Firebird...is excitingly airborne in Nelsons's hands, with plenty of the luminous orchestral detail...This is a performance with narrative coherence and dramatic vitality...always attentive to the enlivening spectrum of instrumental timbres that Stravinsky deployed.

The Guardian
Nelsons is good on the unease of the opening [of The Firebird], the violence of the Infernal Dance and the strange undertones of sensuality in the swaying nocturne...[Symphony of Psalms is] powerfully done, with real fervour in the choral singing, and Nelsons gets the difficult mix of austerity and ritual grandeur absolutely right.

The Observer
This is not a sumptuous Firebird - indeed it is quite lean and hungry - but it is very sharply characterised and full of exotic sounds, beautifully captured and rising to a thrilling Infernal Dance and final climax.

BBC Music Magazine
There is plenty of colour and razor-sharp playing in this new version, the recording vividly capturing the orchestra in the splendid acoustics of Symphony Hall...The control in the woodwind fugue opening the second movement [of the Symphony of Psalms] is mesmerising, and the CBSO Chorus is meticulous in following the nuances of the score.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (2009-07-12_2009-07-22&2009-).



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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (2009-07-12_2009-07-22&2009-)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1910

>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony of Psalms
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (2009-07-12_2009-07-22&2009-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930