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Scriabin: Prometheus/Stravinsky: Firebird

Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky, Gergiev, Igor Stravinsky Audio CD
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  • Performer: Alexander Toradze
  • Orchestra: Kirov Opera Chorus, Kirov Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (5 Oct 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Classics
  • ASIN: B00000DBUS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - IntroductionValery Gergiev 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Kashchei's Enchanted GardenValery Gergiev 1:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Appearance of the Firebird Pursued By Ivan TsarevichValery Gergiev 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dance of the FirebirdValery Gergiev 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Ivan Tsarevich Captures the FirebirdValery Gergiev 1:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Supplication of the FirebirdValery Gergiev 8:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Game of the Princesses With the Golden ApplesValery Gergiev 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Sudden Appearance of Ivan TsarevichValery Gergiev 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Round Dance of the PrincessesValery Gergiev 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - DaybreakValery Gergiev 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Magic Carillon, Appearance of Kashchei's Guardian Monsters and Capture of Ivan TsarevichValery Gergiev 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dance of Kashchei's Retinue Under the Spell of the FirebirdValery Gergiev0:42£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Infernal Dance of All Kashchei's SubjectsValery Gergiev 4:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Lullaby of the FirebirdValery Gergiev 6:24£0.79  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 RejoicingValery Gergiev 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Scriabin: Promethée - Le Poème du Feu, Op.60Alexander Toradze22:51£2.99  Buy MP3 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This pair of recordings made in 1995 (Stravinsky) and 1997 (Scriabin) in two different venues successfully sound well matched sonically. The recordings are wide ranging to match the music with an impressive sense of realism.

The Stravinsky Firebird is largely a composition that is moderate in both tempi and dynamics for much of the time as the scene is set on stage in the ballet for the final showdown between the prince, aided by the Firebird, and the forces of evil represented by Kashchei. It is only at that late stage in the ballet that Stravinsky really unleashes the power of the full orchestra dynamically and at speed. It is therefore a mistake to view this piece as an essentially loud and fast piece. There is far more subtle and delicate music to appreciate long before the action hots up so to speak. I first came to know this work through the famous Dorati/LSO recording when that was originally issued over fifty years ago and that has been for me, and many others, a benchmark reference point by which to judge newcomers. Gergiev passes that demanding test.

Since those early days, and importantly when it comes to considering performances of this work, I have got to know the Firebird more thoroughly through watching the ballet, of which I have several DVDs and Blu-rays. Interestingly, whenever I now listen to concert versions of the ballet on CD as here, I automatically visualise the ballet taking place. I mention this as it becomes crucial that the tempi and phrasing must match the action seen on stage even in a concert performance. In this case with Gergiev and also in the Dorati version, the aural only versions are clearly built with a stage experience in mind. At once the music makes more sense dramatically as well as musically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only Firebird Ballet I would want... 11 Dec 2000
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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!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying 16 April 2002
By Bruce Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incandescent! 26 Jun 2001
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cosmic Poem of Fire 14 Feb 2009
By Jose Rocha M. Pontes - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice 17 July 2002
By A. Tohline - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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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