After their much lauded CD of Richard Strauss, Stravinsky is the next great composer of the 20th century to feature the CBSO under its music director Andris Nelsons. On this, their third CD with Orfeo, Stravinsky the avant-gardist on his way to world fame is represented by the complete Firebird ballet, while the Symphony of Psalms is testament to the mature composer. However, Nelsons and the CBSO leave us not a moment of doubt that even at the age of 27, Stravinsky could draw on an embarrassment of compositional riches. These colourful riches are here juxtaposed with the Symphony of Psalms, with all its Orthodox austerity, its reduced textures and angular contours. As you would expect, the CBSO Chorus, trained by Simon Halsey, here offers a well-drilled interpretation will captivate the listener from the beginning through to the final Laudate Dominum .
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Stravinsky: The Firebird Symphony of Ps