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STRAVINSKY, I.: Firebird (The) / Fireworks (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)


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STRAVINSKY, I.: Firebird (The) / Fireworks (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

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 colourful sonorities and dramatic impact brought Stravinsky instant celebrity and led to his successful ballets Petrushka (Naxos 8.571222) and The Rite of Spring (Naxos 8.571223). This recording has been acclaimed as “polished and brilliant” (Gramophone).

Stravinsky, Igor

  The Firebird (original version)
1.   Introduction 00:02:37
2.   Scene 1: Night. Kastchei's Enchanted Garden 00:01:51
3.   Scene 1: The Firebird enters, pursued by Ivan Tsarevich 00:02:29
4.   Scene 1: The Firebird's Dance 00:01:18
5.   Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird 00:00:54
6.   Scene 1: The Firebird begs to be released - Entrance of the Thirteen Enchanted Princesses 00:08:12
7.   Scene 1: The Princesses play with the golden apples (Scherzo) - Ivan Tsarevich appears 00:03:36
8.   Scene 1: The Princesses' Khorovod (Round Dance) 00:05:06
9.   Scene 1: Daybreak 00:01:27
10.   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 00:05:34
11.   Scene 1: Dance of Kastchei's retinue under the Firebird's magic spell 00:00:45
12.   Scene 1: Infernal Dance of Kastchei and his subjects under the Firebird's magic spell 00:04:41
13.   Scene 1: The Firebird's Lullaby - Kastchei awakens - Kastchei's death - Profonds tenebres 00:05:28
14.   Scene 2: Kastchei's spell is broken, his palace disappears, and the Petrified Knights return to life. General Thanksgiving … 00:03:20
  Feu d'artifice (Fireworks), Op. 4
15.   Feu d'artifice (Fireworks), Op. 4 00:04:24

Total Playing Time: 00:51:42

Stravinsky, Igor

Schwarz, Gerard

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Genre: Ballet; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.571221

Barcode: 747313122172

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Physical Release: 11/2012

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