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Stravinsky: The Firebird (Complete Ballet); Fireworks; Song of the Nightingale


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listen  1. Stravinsky: FireworksLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - IntroductionLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Kashchei's enchanted gardenLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Appearance of the Firebird pursued by Ivan TsarevichLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dance of the FirebirdLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Ivan Tsarevich captures the FirebirdLondon Symphony Orchestra0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Supplication of the FirebirdLondon Symphony Orchestra 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Appearance of the thirteen enchanted PrincessesLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Game of the Princesses with the golden applesLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Sudden appearance of Ivan TsarevichLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Round dance of the PrincessesLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - DaybreakLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Magic carillon, appearance of Kashchei's guardian monsters and capture of Ivan TsarevichLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Arrival of KashcheiLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dialogue between Ivan Tsarevich and KashcheiLondon Symphony Orchestra0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Intercession of the PrincessesLondon Symphony Orchestra0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Intervention of the FirebirdLondon Symphony Orchestra0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dance of Kashchei's retinue under the spell of the FirebirdLondon Symphony Orchestra0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Infernal dance of all Kashchei's subject'sLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Lullaby of the FirebirdLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Kashchei's awakeningLondon Symphony Orchestra0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Kashchei's death - DarknessLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Collapse of Kashchei's palace and dissolution of all enchantments - Reanimation of the petrified prisoners - General rejoicingLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Stravinsky: TangoLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Stravinsky: Scherzo à la Russe for Jazz Orchestra - Version for Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale (Le chant du rossignol) - IntroductionLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale (Le chant du rossignol) - Chinese MarchLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale (Le chant du rossignol) - Song of the NightingaleLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale (Le chant du rossignol) - The Mechanical Nightingale's GameLondon Symphony Orchestra11:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antol Dorati
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (February 8, 1991)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0000057KU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Antal Dorati was a veteran ballet conductor and a personal friend of Stravinsky. His recording of The Firebird was a legend in its own time, and its reappearance on CD, sounding better than ever, immediately reestablished its supremacy. All of Stravinsky's complete ballets--as opposed to the suites-- have "dead spots," moments when the music sort of stops and lurches about, illustrating something happening onstage. That's why the composer made the suites in the first place. However, many of his most fascinating orchestral ideas occur precisely in these "dead spots," which is why many conductors and audiences prefer the works complete. Trust Dorati: he's the most reliable guide to this music, and his orchestra gives him a virtuoso response. --David Hurwitz

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Excellent music....Stravinsky is a GENIUS and beautifully played by the London Symphony Orchestra!
Marjorie E. Knapp
The inner detail captured by Wilma Cozart Fine, Mercury's famous pioneering engineer, still sounds remarkable.
Santa Fe Listener
Then the low rumbling introductory section, the first blat of brass and, yes!, genuine musical shivers!
Mitchell Lee

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jay on October 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There is only one word to describe Dorati's recording of The Firebird, definitive. No one before or since has managed to combine the delicate almost impressionist passages of the score with the violence of the infernal dance to such tremendous effect. Stravinsky's ground breaking score is treated with all the sensitivity and respect that it demands, yet Dorati never seems overwhelmed by it as many other interpreters seem to be, the conductors grip on the music is palpable, but this never prevents the music from breathing freely. Much has been made of the sound quality of the CD issue, for me this was never a problem. I listened to this CD on my Musical Fidelity CD Player fed through Conrad-Johnson amplifcation to Sonus Faber Speakers or Grado headphones. This system is very revealing of poor sound quality and I honestly felt that the Performance venue (Walthamstow Town Hall outside London) was very well captured, although their was some hardness to the upper midrange, compared to my original SR-1 Mercury LP pressing (Played on a Linn LP12), that is to be expected with CD's, it's a fault of the format rather than Bob Fine's recording or Wilma Cosart Fine's remastering. I'm just left to wonder what an SACD version would sound like. Over to you Wilma :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This one is a must-have !! Dorati signed here an all-times classic ! For those who don't like Stravinsky, I can only recommend to rediscover his music with this CD. The famed transparency of Stravinsky's music appears here in Cinemascope. And all the pieces are a pleasure to listen to. A treasurable recording.
And contrarily to the bashing done below, this remastering, directly from the original Ampex tape recorder, through the original Wetrex amps, without any compression (probably the "terrible mixing" the guy talks about), sounds INCREDIBLY dynamic and transparent (although there is some tape hiss at the beginning). Probably this guy doesn't know that the dynamics of the original tape is far superior to the 96 dB of a CD. In this remastering, the engineers decided not to use any compression, and the result is nothing short of exceptionnal in naturalness and dynamics. But to benefit from the high quality of this sound, one must own excellent hifi components. In fact, it's one of my test discs for hifi component's evaluation.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aariel Portera on November 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
One of the first ballet scores that Stravinsky did, it is and always will be a classic. It completely epitomizes the Russian tale of a prince who comes across an enchanted garden, recieves help from a beautiful bird, and saves a princess from the evil sorcorer Kachei. This particular album is wonderful because it has the full score which includes my favourite song,The dance of the Princesses. You must own this if you love classical or neo-classical music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Claster on June 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
These performances, all with the LSO, are classics and deservedly so. This very dynamic performance of the complete Firebird ballet emphasizes sharpness of accent, rhythmic drive and a dazzling clarity of texture without slighting the sensuous colors of the music. In doing so, Dorati links the Firebird with the more overtly modernistic music of Petrushka and the Rite of Spring that followed in its wake, as opposed to emphasizing either its Debussy or Rimski-Korsakov like aspects. As for the suite from the Song of the Nightingale, Dorati's performance is somewhat less stately and majestic sounding than Reiner's classic account on RCA (which the composer himself specifically praised), emphasizing instead the music's wit and humor. The shorter pieces are delectable tidbits. A required purchase for lovers of 20th century music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on August 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The market proposes you a lot of worthable versions , but in in my personal view , there are three really overwhelming . And this is one of them . The other two are a superb version of Fricsay from the fifties and the another is Ansermet Suisse Romande of the fifties too .

This recording has a fierce and such span sense unique . The Minneapolis percussionists are ADMIRABLE .

Dorati made a glorious tour de force and the strings play with such level of vitality , magnetism and comittment as you will be surprised with such intensity level .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I can only second the other reviewers' enthusiasm for this sparkling "Firebird," which is the epitome of French-style ballet conducting, along with Ansermet's performance, as opposed to Gergiev's more weighty, overtly emotional Russian style. The inner detail captured by Wilma Cozart Fine, Mercury's famous pioneering engineer, still sounds remarkable.

But I also agree with Mitchell Lee when he says that the CD release doesn't match the atmosphere and magic of the original LPs. I know this is a frequent complaint from older audiophiles, but in this case there's evidence that digital remastering has made the already bright high frequencies a little stinging on the ear -- at least my ears. That's the only blemish on this impeccable recording job, and perhaps the newer sACD remastering has solved the problem. Let's hope.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
You should have this older London issue to supplement the superb remakes Dorati made in Detroit of this material. There are differences and similarities, and the comparisons are fascinating.
The most interesting is hearing how Dorati could take two stylistically disparate orchestras and make compelling and original presentations of the same material!
Wilma Cozart did a top-flight job on this rehab of her own sessions...but I prefer it on vinyl where the LSO's gut 'n' gloss hit you like it would in the dance theatre...the immediacy is that much greater.
Nevertheless, just buy this and revel in it.
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