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Stravinsky: The Firebird (Complete); Sibelius; Tchaikovsky & Chopin / Andrew Litton

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> The Firebird (original version) - Introduction
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Night. Kastchei's Enchanted Garden
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: The Firebird enters, pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: The Firebird's Dance
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: The Firebird begs to be released
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Entrance of the Thirteen Enchanted Princesses
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: The Princesses play with the golden apples (Scherzo)
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich appears
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: The Princesses' Khorovod (Round Dance)
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Daybreak
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Magic Carillon - Appearance of Kastchei's Guardian Monsters - Capture of Ivan Tsarevich
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: The entrance of Kastchei the Immortal
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Dialogue between Kastchei and Ivan Tsarevich
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: The Princesses plead for mercy
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene I: The Firebird enters
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Dance of Kastchei's retinue under the Firebird's magic spell
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Infernal Dance of Kastchei and his subjects under the Firebird's magic spell
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: The Firebird's Lullaby
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Kastchei awakens
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: Kastchei's death
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 2: Kastchei's spell is broken, his palace disappears, and the Petrified Knights return to life. General Thanksgiving
> The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (arr. I. Stravinsky for orchestra) - Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Adagio
> The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (arr. I. Stravinsky for orchestra) - Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Variation 1: Tempo di valse
> The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (arr. I. Stravinsky for orchestra) - Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Variation 2: Andantino
> The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (arr. I. Stravinsky for orchestra) - Act III: Bluebird Pas de deux: Coda - Con moto
> Canzonetta, Op. 62a (arr. I. Stravinsky for orchestra) - Canzonetta, Op. 62a (arr. I. Stravinsky for orchestra)
> Nocturne No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32, No. 2 (arr. I. Stravinsky for orchestra) - Nocturne No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 32, No. 2 (arr. I. Stravinsky for orchestra)
> Waltz No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, "Grande valse brillante" (arr. I. Stravinsky for orchestra) - Waltz No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, "Grande valse brillante" (arr. I. Stravinsky for orchestra)
> Greeting Prelude - Greeting Prelude

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, May 2012
The playing on this disc from Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic is in many ways marvellous, with a good sense of pace throughout much of the ballet. Recorded sound is sensational, especially in surround...The caveat, though, is that...there is much excellent music-making but not such convincing drama.

The Guardian, 29th March 2012
The fine grain of the recording ensures that nothing in this remarkable score is missed; the Bergen orchestra really is a very fine ensemble these days. Yet too often it's hard to believe that this is a work that was intended for the theatre.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2012
Litton allows [The Firebird] more delicacy than some of its later interpreters, to its great advantage in such moments as the very opening...If Kashchey has sounded more formidable in the hands of others (including the composer himself), Litton gives the old sorcerer a spectral quality that is at least as sinister. It is all beautifully played, not least thanks to a woodwind section of players who really listen to one another.



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