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STRAVINSKY, I.: Firebird (The) / Fireworks (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

Composer(s)Stravinsky, Igor
Artist(s) Schwarz, Gerard, Conductor • Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.571221
Label / Series Naxos / Seattle Symphony Collection
Quality   320kbps
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The scintillating orchestral effects of Fireworks so impressed Sergey Dyagilev that the impresario was prompted to commission a new work from Stravinsky for his Ballet russes. Telling of Prince Ivan’s fantastic adventures in the demonic Kastchei’s magic realm, The Firebird is a virtuoso composition in every regard; its colourful sonorities and dramatic impact brought Stravinsky instant celebrity and led to his successful ballets Petrushka (Naxos 8.571222) and The Rite of Spring (Naxos 8.571223). This recording has been acclaimed as “polished and brilliant” (Gramophone).

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STRAVINSKY, I.: Firebird (The) / Fireworks (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) 51:42   
  The Firebird (original version)          
      Introduction 2:37       
      Scene 1: Night. Kastchei's Enchanted Garden 1:51       
      Scene 1: The Firebird enters, pursued by Ivan Tsarevich 2:29       
      Scene 1: The Firebird's Dance 1:18       
      Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird 0:54       
      Scene 1: The Firebird begs to be released - Entrance of the Thirteen Enchanted Princesses 8:12       
      Scene 1: The Princesses play with the golden apples (Scherzo) - Ivan Tsarevich appears 3:36       
      Scene 1: The Princesses' Khorovod (Round Dance) 5:06       
      Scene 1: Daybreak 1:27       
      Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich, entering Kastchei's palace … - The entrance of Kastchei the Immortal - Dialogue between Kastchei and Ivan Tsarevich - The Princesses plead for mercy - The Firebird enters 5:34       
      Scene 1: Dance of Kastchei's retinue under the Firebird's magic spell 0:45       
      Scene 1: Infernal Dance of Kastchei and his subjects under the Firebird's magic spell 4:41       
      Scene 1: The Firebird's Lullaby - Kastchei awakens - Kastchei's death - Profonds tenebres 5:28       
      Scene 2: Kastchei's spell is broken, his palace disappears, and the Petrified Knights return to life. General Thanksgiving … 3:20       
  Feu d'artifice (Fireworks), Op. 4 4:24       
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