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Stravinsky: The Firebird, complete ballet; Fireworks, Op. 4 / Schwarz, Seattle SO

> 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 - Entrance of the Thirteen Enchanted Princesses
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 1: The Princesses play with the golden apples (Scherzo) - 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: Ivan Tsarevich, entering Kastchei's palace … - The entrance of Kastchei the Immortal - Dialogue between Kastchei and Ivan Tsarevich - The Princesses plead for mercy - 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 - Kastchei awakens - Kastchei's death - Profonds tenebres
> The Firebird (original version) - Scene 2: Kastchei's spell is broken, his palace disappears, and the Petrified Knights return to life. General Thanksgiving …
> Feu d'artifice (Fireworks), Op. 4 - Feu d'artifice (Fireworks), Op. 4

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra
>Stravinsky, Igor : Fireworks, Op. 4
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The scintillating orchestral effects of Fireworks so impressed Sergey Dyagilev that the impresario was prompted to commission a new work from Stravinsky for his Ballet russes. Telling of Prince Ivan's fantastic adventures in the demonic Kastchei's magic realm, The Firebird is a virtuoso composition in every regard; its colorful sonorities and dramatic impact brought Stravinsky instant celebrity and led to his successful ballets Petrushka (Naxos 8571222) and The Rite of Spring (Naxos 8571223). This recording has been acclaimed as "polished and brilliant" (Gramophone).

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Firebird is well played, sweeping, leisurely, and sometimes mysterious. That would seem to recommend it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Center Opera House, USA.



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>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (10/20/1986/10/21/1986)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1910

>Stravinsky, Igor : Fireworks, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (01/04/1988/01/05/1988)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908