Stravinsky: The Firebird; Petrushka; etc.

Stravinsky: The Firebird; Petrushka; etc.

by Simon Rattle
     
 

Originally recorded in 1986 and 1987 and issued as two separate albums, this 2003 compilation pairs two of Igor Stravinsky's most popular ballets, and offers some less familiar but fascinating works as filler. Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra deliverSee more details below

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Originally recorded in 1986 and 1987 and issued as two separate albums, this 2003 compilation pairs two of Igor Stravinsky's most popular ballets, and offers some less familiar but fascinating works as filler. Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra deliver exciting performances of "The Firebird" and "Petrushka" in their complete versions, and these will come as a revelation to those who only know the concert suites. The recordings are clearly detailed, vibrantly colorful, and emotionally compelling, and are especially recommended to beginners as excellent introductions to Stravinsky's music. In its jovial "Shrovetide Fair" atmosphere, the "Scherzo à la Russe" is a close cousin to "Petrushka," and appears here in two enjoyable versions, one for jazz band and the other in the ebullient orchestral arrangement. The spiky "Symphony in Three Movements," based in part on material for a scrapped piano concerto, and the "Etudes (4) for orchestra," an arrangement of the "Pieces (3) for string quartet" and the "Etude for Pianola," are less immediately accessible, but Stravinsky buffs will find them rewarding on repeated listening. An EMI/Gemini double-disc, this affordable reissue is sure to please collectors and newcomers alike for its masterful performances and high quality sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724358553826
catalogNumber:
85538
Rank:
233076

Tracks

  1. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle  - Paul Mitchell
  2. Scherzo à la Russe, for jazz band  - Igor Stravinsky  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle  - Paul Mitchell
  3. Etudes (4) for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle  - Paul Mitchell
  4. Scherzo à la Russe, for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle  - Paul Mitchell
  5. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version)  - Igor Stravinsky  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Peter Donohoe  - Simon Rattle  - Paul Mitchell
  6. Symphony in Three Movements, for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle  - Paul Mitchell  - Elaine Donohoe  - Robert Johnston

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