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  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink, Igor Markevitch
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (10 May 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000416F
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - IntroductionBernard Haitink 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Kashchei's enchanted gardenBernard Haitink 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Appearance of the Firebird pursued by Ivan TsarevichBernard Haitink 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dance of the FirebirdBernard Haitink 1:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Ivan Tsarevich captures the FirebirdBernard Haitink 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Supplication of the FirebirdBernard Haitink 8:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Game of the Princesses with the golden applesBernard Haitink 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Sudden appearance of Ivan TsarevichBernard Haitink 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Round dance of the PrincessesBernard Haitink 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - DaybreakBernard Haitink 1:38£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 TsarevichBernard Haitink 6:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dance of Kashchei's retinue under the spell of the FirebirdBernard Haitink0:54£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Infernal dance of all Kashchei's subject'sBernard Haitink 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Lullaby of the FirebirdBernard Haitink 5:28£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 rejoicingBernard Haitink 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947 version) - 1. Birth of ApolloLondon Symphony Orchestra 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947 version) - 2. Variation of Apolllo (Apollo and the Muses)London Symphony Orchestra 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947 version) - 3. Pas d'action (Apollo and the 3 Muses)London Symphony Orchestra 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947 version) - 4. Variation of Calliope (the Alexandrine)London Symphony Orchestra 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947 version) - 5. Variation of PolyhymniaLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947 version) - 6. Variation of TerpsichoreLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947 version) - 7. Variation of ApolloLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947 version) - 8. Pas de deux (Apollo and Terpsichore)London Symphony Orchestra 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947 version) - 9. CodaLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947 version) - 10. ApotheosisLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1911 - Scene 1 - The Shrovetide Fair - The Crowds - The Conjuring-TrickBernard Haitink 7:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1911 / Scene 1 - Russian DanceBernard Haitink 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1911 - Scene 2 - Petrouchka's RoomBernard Haitink 4:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1911 - Scene 3 - The Moor's Room - Dance of the BallerinaBernard Haitink 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1911 - Scene 3 - Waltz (The Ballerina and the Moor)Bernard Haitink 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1911 - Scene 4 - The Shrovetide Fair - The Wet-Nurses - The Peasant and the Bear - The Merchant and the Gipsies - The Coachmen and the Grooms - The Masqueraders - PetrBernard Haitink13:05£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 1. IntroductionBernard Haitink 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 2. The Harbingers of Spring, Dance of the AdolescentsBernard Haitink 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 3. Mock AbductionBernard Haitink 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 4. Spring RoundsBernard Haitink 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 5. Games of the Rival TribesBernard Haitink 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 6. Procession of the SageBernard Haitink0:41£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 7. Adoration of the Earth (The Sage), Dance of the EarthBernard Haitink 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 1. IntroductionBernard Haitink 4:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 2. Mystical Circle of the AdolescentsBernard Haitink 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 3. Glorification of the Chosen OneBernard Haitink 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 4. Evocation of the AncestorsBernard Haitink0:52£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 5. Ritual of the AncestorsBernard Haitink 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 6. Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)Bernard Haitink 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 

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PHI 438350 2; PHILIPS; Classica balletti

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in the early 1970's, the recordings by Haitink on this Philips Duo have stood the test of time very well. In the magical scoring of "Firebird," for example, the music that owes a debt to Rimsky-Korsakov is just beautifully presented, the shimmery winds and the gossamer strings. The highlight is perhaps the Round Dance of the Princesses, as lovely a piece as Stravinsky ever wrote. In the contrast with this, the Kaschei music makes its effect, but one wonders if a bit more crude bite might have been possible, and the final scene, with its reminiscences of Mussorgsky (the Great Gate), doesn't quite achieve the splendor of the older composer. The recording might be partly responsible -- it's clear and balanced but just a bit recessed. In Bernstein's account of this music, the sound is a bit more upfront. "Le Sacre" and "Petrouchka" receive fine performances too, and in fairness to Haitink, one has to note that context is all -- given the refinement of the gentler sections, the wilder sections, with their motoric rhythms and brass and percussion outbursts, make their effect. I was surprised again by the amount of quite lovely music in "Le Sacre" -- again, because I heard the score in concert in Edinburgh in 1995 as part of a double-bill with Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloe." "Le Sacre" was great, but it was the Ravel that sounded more savage and unrestrained! On these discs, the three "great" ballets are supplemented by Markevitch's account of "Apollo," recorded a dozen years earlier. It shows its age a bit, but it's an efficient performance.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2003
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This is an excellent recording of some of the greatest ballet music in the repetoire. It is well balanced with a true to life sound. The playing of the LSO is decisive and incisive, with the music overall having a somewhat hypnotic quality. The Rite of Spring is the best realised piece, with vivid, well focused internal detail. Haitink's gift here is to carry us forward incisively without us feeling frog-marched into position.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
One of Haitink's very best records 7 July 2005
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With an assist to Igor Markevitch for his work in "Apollon", this is one of Bernard Haitink's very best records and probably says most about what kind of music the conductor best interprets.

His work in the three great Stravinsky ballets, "L'oiseau de feu" (The Firebird), "Petrushka" and "Le Sacre du printemps" (The Rite of Spring) are the best renderings I have ever heard of these scores, far surpassing the composer's work on Columbia/Sony, in my opinion.

While I have never been a great fan of Haitink and believe he lacks the personality to compete in the CD world in the Romantic symphonies of Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovksy and others, I believe he is particularly in his element here and in another similar Philips twofer of the music of Claude Debussy.

What is the corollary between the two? Both are 20th century composers whose music is more suggestion than statement. The gentle delicacies of "The Firebird", in particular, meet best with the Haitink sensibility to be linear, literal and understated. While these qualities do not translate well in highly charged Romantic music, they are extraordinarily appopriate in these scores, which have been overblown and overplayed countless times on CD by more Romantic conductors like Bernstein.

As if the interpretations and performances themselves were not enough, the recordings of these wonderful "modern" scores -- "The Rite of Spring" is often cast with Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" as the first piece of "modern" music -- are equally extraordinary. The clarity and sound spectrum of these recordings is among the best I have heard from the analog era translated to digital CD. The orchestras play very well throughout and follow Haitink's sensitive leadership at all times.

I have been critical of Haitink's way with Shostakovich and Vaughan Williams in other of my reviews, but I must say here is the essential Bernard Haitink and a demonstration of the very best work he can do. If you have the slightest interest in these scores, I urge you to buy the low-prices classic recordings of Stravinsky's earth-changing music.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Rite Stuff 4 Oct. 2005
By Benjamin R. Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you're looking for a great recording of "The Rite of Spring," look no further. This is it. Stravinsky's other ballets are included and they are excellent as well, but after hearing this particular version of the 'Rite' on the radio, I knew I must have it. I've heard many other interpretations and Haitink has come up with the sine qua non of all Rites. The orchestra delivers an almost superhuman effort. The conversations between various instruments and sections come across with utmost clarity--even during complex moments. No detail has been muddied or lost. The percussion section is outstanding. Better than outstanding--they're amazing! The end result is the most powerful, chilling and riveting 'Rite' you'll ever hear. My highest recommendation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good performances from Haitink, but Markevitch disappoints 29 Dec. 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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The bulk of this Philips two-fer is filled up with performances from 1973 in excellent analog sound from Bernard Haitink and his second orchestra, the London Phil. I wish I could say they are exceptional readings or exceptionally well played. The Rite of Spring swings between sounding eerie, listless, and crudely explosive. The Petrushka, in the rare 1911 original scoring for huge forces, is mostly quick-step with little digging beneath the surface. The Firebird is enticingly dreamy, although it runs out of steam in the demonic parts--the whole thing feels like leisurely scene-painting. Even so, these are good performances with plenty of striking moments to offset their neutrality, and the London Phil.'s strings sound especially sweet in the Firebird.

The performance of Apollo under Igor Markevitch, which takes up half of the first disc, dates from 1963 with the LSO. There's no doubt that it's elegant and balletic, but Markevitch was declining, and frankly there's a lack of energy that is distressing. I've rarely heard a more wan reading. Apollo is a quiet, reflective ballet which often comes off as static, so it's too bad Markevitch didn't find another way.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great buy; excellent introduction. 28 Feb. 2001
By Christian Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Great stuff. Two discs of Stravinsky's best known music, and Apollo Musgate, which I had not heard before I bought this disk. So; great value, and an excellent introduction to the Guv'nor. Bernard Haitink does a fine job. The Rite of Spring scares the screaming heebeejeebees out of me. I don't believe people who say they've got used to it; maybe it's Haitink's fine conducting which re-injects the violence and evil into this war-horse. Fine performances of the others as well. Experience with Stravinsky's Russian predecessors serves Haitink well for the Firebird. Highly recommended.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fine Stravinsky Performances Conducted By Haitink 22 Mar. 2002
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent two CD compilation of Stravinsky's great orchestral works, blessed with superb performances of the London Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink's paton. Most noteworthy are Haitink's riveting interpretations of "Rite Of Spring" and "Petrouchka", which easily hold their own against other superb versions from the likes of Abbado, Bernstein and Boulez. The sound quality is fine, though I don't think it's a substantial improvement over the original analogue recordings.
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