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STRAVINSKY: Firebird (The) (Piano Transcription)


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Between the Lines: Idil Biret talks to Jeremy Siepmann

STRAVINSKY: Firebird (The) (Piano Transcription)

Considered the most ‘Russian’of Stravinsky’s major works, the origin of The Firebird lies in the impresario Sergey Dyagilev’s cost-cutting decision to concentrate on ballet, rather than opera. It takes its place in a lineage stretching from Glinka to Scriabin, making it an amalgam of Russian music past and present. Its first performance, at the Paris Opéra in 1910, was a phenomenal success and assured Stravinsky’s future as a composer. This transcription for solo piano is Stravinsky’s own, also dating from 1910.

Stravinsky, Igor

  The Firebird (piano transcription)
1.   Introduction 00:03:53
2.   The Enchanted Garden of Kastchei 00:02:49
3.   Appearance of the Firebird, Pursued by Prince Ivan 00:02:25
4.   Dance of the Firebird 00:01:44
5.   Capture of the Firebird by Prince Ivan 00:01:00
6.   Supplication of the Firebird 00:06:46
7.   Appearance of the Thirteen Enchanted Princesses 00:03:07
8.   The Princesses' Game with the Golden Apples 00:02:46
9.   Sudden Appearance of Prince Ivan 00:01:31
10.   Khorovod (Round Dance) of the Princesses 00:04:43
11.   Daybreak - Prince Ivan Enters Kastchei's Palace 00:02:01
12.   Magic Carillon - Appearance of Kastchei's Monster Guardians - Capture of Prince Ivan 00:02:59
13.   Arrival of Kastchei the Immortal - Dialogue of Kastchei and Prince Ivan - Intercession ... 00:03:33
14.   Appearance of the Firebird 00:00:35
15.   Dance of Kastchei's Retinue, Enchanted by the Firebird 00:00:52
16.   Infernal Dance of All Kastchei's Subjects 00:05:21
17.   Lullaby (The Firebird) 00:02:49
18.   Kastchei's Death 00:01:44
19.   Disappearance of Kastchei's Palace and Magical Creations - Return to Life of the Petrified Knights ... 00:04:10

Total Playing Time: 00:54:48

Stravinsky, Igor

Biret, Idil

Label: Naxos

Genre: Instrumental

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.555999

Barcode: 0747313599929

Physical Release: 06/2003

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