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STRAVINSKY, I.: Firebird (The) / Petrushka (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 2)

Composer(s):Stravinsky, Igor
Artist(s) Craft, Robert, Conductor • Philharmonia Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Ballet
Catalogue 8.557500
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


This is the first recording of the Complete Original Version of Stravinsky’s most popular work, The Firebird. Among the many differences between the present recording and its predecessors is the restoration of two long, valveless trumpets on stage, each playing a single note standing out above the entire orchestra. This is a thrilling effect in all likelihood heard for the first time since 1910 on this recording. Compared to the lush orchestra of The Firebird, the sonorities of Petrushka may seem brittle but harmonically, rhythmically, and instrumentally the work is innovative on every page, a drama of great power and originality.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Vividly recorded and played with fire and warmth by the Philharmonia, Robert Craft’s generous coupling of the complete Firebird and Petrushka ballets makes an outstanding bargain on the Naxos label. The clarity of sound brings out the extra transparency of Petrushka in the revised 1947 scoring, with well-sprung rhythms in the dance movements and with the Russian Dance biting in its impact. The complete Firebird of 1910 is advertised as the first recording of the original version, but the differences with the usual 1910 score amount to no more than the inclusion of two long valveless trumpets on stage playing a single note in places. Nonetheless, Craft inspires a taut performance which holds the structure together, while bringing out the



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