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

Alexander Scriabin , Igor Stravinsky , Valery Gergiev , Kirov Orchestra - St.Petersburg , Alexander Toradze Audio CD
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listen  1. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - IntroductionKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Kashchei's Enchanted GardenKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Appearance of the Firebird Pursued By Ivan TsarevichKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dance of the FirebirdKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Ivan Tsarevich Captures the FirebirdKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Supplication of the FirebirdKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 8:27Album Only
listen  7. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Game of the Princesses With the Golden ApplesKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Sudden Appearance of Ivan TsarevichKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Round Dance of the PrincessesKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - DaybreakKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Magic Carillon, Appearance of Kashchei's Guardian Monsters and Capture of Ivan TsarevichKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dance of Kashchei's Retinue Under the Spell of the FirebirdKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Infernal Dance of All Kashchei's SubjectsKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Lullaby of the FirebirdKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. 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 RejoicingKirov Orchestra, St Petersburg 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Scriabin: Promethée - Le Poème du Feu, Op.60Alexander Toradze22:51Album Only


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  • 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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Firebird Ballet I would want... December 11, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying April 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incandescent! June 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cosmic Poem of Fire February 13, 2009
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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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice July 17, 2002
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the way it should sound!
Stravinsky played Russians and conducted by a Russian. What a winning combination! There are many recordings of this seminal work and this one is at the top!
Published 8 months ago by C. B. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian perfection
I have a couple of Sacre recordings, and this one is together with Dutoit/Montreal the best in my collection. Very much recommended!
Published 9 months ago by F. Van Voorst
5.0 out of 5 stars It's simply that good...
Look, I could go on and on, but I'm 51 and I'm an audiophile. I lived in London for quite a few years. I've heard this piece live, recorded, and over the radio. Read more
Published 17 months ago by LondonLover
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine modern performance and recording of two wide ranging works
This pair of recordings made in 1995 (Stravinsky) and 1997 (Scriabin) in two different venues successfully sound well matched sonically. Read more
Published 18 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of mystery, magic and sparkling vitality
This is a rare type of Firebird in that it's an architectural approach that fuses all the scenes together in a symphonic fashion. Read more
Published 19 months ago by dv_forever
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiery But A Bit Languid
This 1995 recording of The Firebird seems to be a favorite for many Stravinsky fans; and let's face it, what many people base their opinion on is the finale. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Filmprof
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Firebird" that's really on fire
I fully agree with the ratings of the other reviewers and this would be my top recommendation for recordings of this work both on the grounds of interpretation and most certainly... Read more
Published on September 14, 2011 by P. J. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the "Je-ne-sais-quoi" crowd fool you,....
This is a thouroughly enjoyable performance. I just hope your equipment and listening environment allow you to hear everything that's going on here. Read more
Published on January 4, 2009 by G. Durocher
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
An extraordinary performace, an extraordinary recording. The carillon feerique is breathtaking, the danse infernale electrifying. Read more
Published on July 24, 2008 by dbphoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Gergiev sets a new standard for color and detail
The entire critical world decided to adore this CD when it was released in 1998, and one can understand why. The greatness of the Kirov Orch. Read more
Published on September 18, 2005 by Santa Fe Listener
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