Antal Dorati – Stravinsky: “The Firebird” Complete Ballet (180g LP)

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“The Firebird” can almost be described as a work of fate, since it is not only the first of several ballets that Stravinsky wrote for Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes but also marks his international breakthrough as a composer. In comparison with his other earlier stage works, the ecstatic, sharply contoured “Rite of Spring” for example, “The Firebird”, with its melodic character, is a far gentler work altogether. There are unmistakable reminiscences of the musical language of Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky as well as snatches of late-Romantic harmonies; all this lends the music the charm of Russian tradition.

In his performance, Dorati chooses the golden mean in that he has his ensemble produce a highly colourful but by no means glaring sound. Thus the listener is given the opportunity to follow the development of the finely chiseled motifs which are so characteristic of this early composition. Happily, the chamber-music-like transparency is preserved even in the loud, more exposed passages the sound leaves the loudspeakers with a sprightly, athletic tread, as it were.

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  • 180g Virgin Vinyl
  • High Quality Pressing
  • Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
  • Pressed  at Pallas Germany

ID: Mercury Living Presence – SR90226, Speakers Corner Records – SR90226

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London Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Antal Dorati

Conductor

A1Introduction And The Enchanted Garden Of Kastchei
A2Visit Of The Firebird Followed By Prince Ivan
A3Dance Of The Firebird
A4Prince Ivan Captures The Firebird
A5An Appeareance Of Thirteen Princesses
A6Game Of The Princesses With The Golden Apples
B1Sudden Appearance Of Prince Ivan
B2Round-Dance Of The Princesses
B3Daybreak
B4The Demonic Bells, Apparition Of Monster-Guards Of Kastchei And The Capture Of Prince Ivan
B5Dialogue Of Prince Ivan And Kastchei
B6Infernal Dance Of Kastchei And His Court And The Lullaby
B7Kastchei's Death
B8Animation Of The Petrified Knights And General Rejoicing
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