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Stravinsky: The Firebird (Complete Ballet, 1910) / Scriabin: Prometheus- The Poem of Fire ~ Valery Gergiev / Kirov Orchestra, St. Petersburg / Alexander Toradze

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One seldom hears Stravinsky's original, complete, 1910 score to Diaghilev's ballet, The Firebird. Here Valery Gergiev leads the Kirov Orchestra in a muscular, well-defined rendering of the work in full. His is a decidedly controlled interpretation. Stretched out in spots to bring out clarity and significance of line, it's pushed along in others to convey urgency and melodic direction. The microphones sound very close, which only heightens the vitality of the overall texture of this interpretation. Though the group is not always precisely together and a few spots are marred by faulty intonation, the spirit and strength of conviction behind this gripping performance more than carry it off. --Gwendolyn Freed
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Product Details

  • Performer: Alexander Toradze
  • Orchestra: Kirov Orchestra - St.Petersburg
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000DBUS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I wish I could write something here that would persuade people that this recording of Stravinksy's Firebird Ballet, well coupled with Scriabin's Prometheus is very much worth having, but frankly I don't think I know where to begin or how to go about it. Firebird, nevertheless, is not just Brass! Brass! Brass! as another reviewer may have been suggesting, however important that element may be, because all the elements that go into it matter, and they're all here in this recording, incredibly beautifully played. As far as I am concerned this is absolutely the only Firebird to have (I have more than this one, including Michael Tilson Thomas' Firebird Ballet and Bernstein's Firbird Suite). I'd give Gergiev's and the Kirov ten stars but I can't!
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Both pieces on this recording show why Gergiev is one of the most acclaimed conductors in the world in this repertoire. The excitement of this recording was confirmed when I heard Gergiev and the Kirov live, performing the complete "Firebird" at Carnegie Hall. No question, there are many good versions of this extraordinary piece, but this one certainly ranks among the best.
In terms of sheer, visceral excitement, this is hard to beat, and it is coupled with an equally breathless performance of the Scriabin "Prometheus." The final few measures, and the final chord, make as thrilling an ending as I have heard in classical music.
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As we are treated to more of Valery Gergiev's interpretations in recordings his gifts as a conductor and energizer of orchestras become more and more obvious. This FIREBIRD soars like a mltiheaded hydra out of the always electrical fire Gerviev smolders in his baseplate of trembling sonics. This is a spectacular reading of an exciting score, played in the way only the Russians can play. The accompanying PROMETHEUS on the disc finally comes to life after many bombastic attempts under other conductor's hands. Toradze is well tempered and the cause for Scriabin interest in this century is well served by all. This recording is one of incandescent fire!
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Gergiev's Firebird is certainly excellent. But may I mention that another rendition from 1979 by the Wien Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the underrated Cristoph von Dohnányi is at least, on the same level. Both recordings, made with a difference of 19 years, show a very similar understanding of the score and suggest that nobody found a better reading. Both are better for instance, than Ansermet's and the Swiss Romande Orchestra recording. I still prefer von Dohnányi's Firebird and find it the reference to which all other should be compared. Unfortunately, this CD has recently been discontinued (again, the underrated von Dohnányi), but I think it is worth to look for used or new copies, possibly available.

Gergiev's Poem of Fire is astonishing. How could Scriabin go so far at the turn of the twentieth century? How could he go from a Chopinian romantism of his first piano sonatas to Universal texts beyond the impressionism and beyond modernism? To what extent was he influenced by the challenging ideas brought by the emerging modern physics and the new vision of the Universe it disclosed? Is Scriabin an equivalent in music, of the great fathers of modern physics, by pointing to unsuspected new forms? Does he express our deep whishes of Universality? Scriabin seems to have a very optimistic vision of humanity, by telling us that our wishes are achievable. And his music is beautiful. Gergiev/Toradze do a superb work by not interfering in Scriabin's concepts. They just leave the cosmic poem to deploy and appear in its greatness. This is what Scriabin's work calls for. It is a privilege for us, to have available such a masterpiece with such interpretation.
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This is a rare type of Firebird in that it's an architectural approach that fuses all the scenes together in a symphonic fashion. There are many people who prefer to just listen to the Suite, not the whole score and I don't blame them. The entire score can drag in places and it takes a very dedicated conductor to hold a listener captive across the landscape, not just for the big moments. Gergiev is that type of magician and this is the most evocative Firebird I've ever encountered. The orchestra responds to his every whim, sometimes taking a very leisurely, languid pace. Incredibly it works. It absorbed me like no other.

During Katschei's Dance, the virtuosity of the Kirov Orchestra is in full force. With a deep bass sound, the lower instruments and the timpani leave an impression. The finale is perhaps one of the most successful accounts on record. Taking a very expansive pace, the brass are simply ravishing. A very different approach from Dorati's more typically dramatic version. Although I wouldn't want to be without Dorati's Mercury Living Presence recording, I have to say that Gergiev does more with this music. The kind of atmospheric magic that one rarely encounters from other conducters. Sound quality is top of the line digital from Philips.
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No one needs debate the merits of Firebird; it is one of the great ballets of all time and a worthwhile addition to any collection. I don't like Prometheus as much, but this is a reflection on Scriabin's composing, not on Kirov's playing, Gergiev's conducting, or the engineering on this disc.
In fact, the engineering on this CD is excellent, and the complete Firebird ballet is played expertly throughout. The famous Danse Infernale is driving, and the Finale is soaring and triumphant.
However, this disc does not receive a full five stars because in my mind it lacks a certain "je ne sais quoi." I really enjoy it, but I sense Gergiev and Kirov hold back a little; I sense that they could have taken it to the next level of excitement but didn't. Don't get me wrong; this CD is great, but I just expected more. And one more thing; in the microsecond of silence just before the crescendo of the last note of Firebird, there is a small scratch on the recording. I can't determine if it came on the tape they used to record the performance or from a rustle of paper or a percussionist picking up something in the concert hall, but it just barely mars the most essential moment of the entire piece. I try to overlook it, but it's something small that stands out in a big way, sort of like a splinter or a tiny pebble stuck in your shoe.
Otherwise, this is a great disc which deserves nearly all of the kudos it receives, and I don't know of a better performance to recommend instead.
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