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Stravinsky: Firebird - Petrushka Original recording remastered


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  • Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000CE7FY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Firebird - Ballet (1910 version): Introduction and Scene 1 - Kashchei's enchanted gardenSir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 6:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Firebird - Ballet (1910 version): Dance of the FirebirdSir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra11:09Album Only
Listen  3. The Firebird - Ballet (1910 version): The Princesses' game with the golden applesSir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Firebird - Ballet (1910 version): Sudden appearance of Ivan TsarevichSir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra12:52Album Only
Listen  5. The Firebird - Ballet (1910 version): Dance of Kashchei's retinue under Firebird's spellSir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Firebird - Ballet (1910 version): Lullaby (Firebird)Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 5:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Firebird - Ballet (1910 version): Scene 2 - Disappearance of the palace and dissolution of Kashchei's enchantments - ConclusionSir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Scherzo à la russe (jazz band version, 1944)City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Four Studies (1952 version): DanseCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle0:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Four Studies (1952 version): ExcentriqueCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Four Studies (1952 version): CantiqueCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Four Studies (1952 version): MadridCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Scherzo à la russe (orchestral version, 1943-4)City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Première tableau: Fête populaire de la semaine grasseCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 7:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Première tableau: Le tour de passe-passe - Danse russeCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Deuxième tableau: Chez PetrushkaCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Troisième tableau: Chez le maure - Danse de la ballerineCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Troisième tableau: Valse ( La ballerine et la maure)City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartième tableau: Fête populaire de la semaine grasseCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 1:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartième tableau: Danse des nounousCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartième tableau: Paysan et l'oursCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartième tableau: Bohémien et marchand malhonnêteCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 1:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartième tableau: Danse des cochers et des palefreniersCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartième tableau: Les déguisésCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartième tableau: Le rixe: La maure et PetrushkaCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle0:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartième tableau: Mort de PetrushkaCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle0:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Petrushka - Scènes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartième tableau: Polic et 'enchanteur - Vocifération du double de PetrushkaCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Peter Donohoe/Sir Simon Rattle 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Symphony in Three Movements: I. [crotchet] = 160Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Elaine Donohoe/Robert Johnston 9:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Symphony in Three Movements: II. Andante ([quaver] = 76) - Interlude (L'istesso tempo)Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Elaine Donohoe/Robert Johnston 5:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Symphony in Three Movements: III. Con moto ([crotchet] = 180)Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Elaine Donohoe/Robert Johnston 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rjmcr on 6 Jan 2010
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...not because it's sub-standard but because these dazzling recordings are now available on a much better 2-disc set, coupled with equally strong accounts of The Rite of Spring and Apollo...Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps/ Petrushka / L'Oiseau de feu / Apollo You'll lose the Symphony in Three Movements (buy Rattle's BPO recording with the Symphony 'in C' and 'of Psalms' instead) and a couple of minor pieces (although the Scherzo a la Russe is quite fun), but it's much better value.

On the other hand, if (like me) these works would fill a gap in your library then you should snap this set up without hesitation. I doubt there is a better sounding complete Firebird on record. The thrilling impact of the Infernal Dance and the Finale, for example, reminds me just what a great sound the Birmingham orchestra could make under Rattle. The pianissimo passages are just as special; try the hushed strings before the Finale. I doubt he could improve on this showing, even with Berlin forces, and EMI always seem to sound better in Birmingham or London than they do in Berlin's Philharmonie, for some reason. Petrushka is an extraordinary display of Rattle's legendary ear for immaculate detail and dynamics. At this point in his career (1986/7) it hadn't yet become a borderline-obsession to the occasional detriment of the music. The piano part is taken by none other than Peter Donohoe.

All the works pre-date Symphony Hall and were recorded in warm, clear sound at the University of Warwick Arts Centre.

I've always found Rattle's Stravinsky extremely rewarding and thoroughly recommendable, but hunt around and mix and match the best combinations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher Mcdermott on 13 May 2010
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A worthwhile addition to my collection. I cannot fault the recording or the performance in any way (and of course, we are talking the CBSO under Simon Rattle here). If I may voice an opinion regarding the actual music, is it fair to say that Stravinsky's early works owe spmething to Rimsky-Korsakoff?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Prepare for Full Dynamics 24 Feb 2008
By Chino Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD offers a very nice slice of Igor's output--it's esp. good to have a complete, original 1910 version of "The Firebird," (thought I'll admit to being a little disappointed with the rendering of that great, whirling passage in the Introduction that must have been pinched for the opening bar of the ancient "Batman" TV series...).

And it's a good value for two discs.

But be warned: the recording sounds excellent, but it is done with "full dynamic range"; I have to double the volume to hear the quiet passages, and then the loud moments become earth-shaking. Yes, I've tried both discs in multiple stereo systems. I don't mind this kind of fully-immersed listening from time to time, but it is not always convenient, and this disc suffers for that. I hope the very pure are not dissuaded by this complaint--I salute you for supporting the producer's boldness, and ignoring this listener's timidity.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great 17 July 2005
By J. K. Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love listening to music with full scores, it makes the music more clearly and less confusing. I'm lucky that I purchased The Firebird (1910)Dover miniature score for a great price so I could follow the great masterpiece. I'm annoyed though that this recording comes with Petrushka (1947) because Dover only has the 1911 version, and I'm going to have to look somewhere else.

Besides the experience of actually seeing the music, the quality was excellent. The Introduction is ominous, the variation of the Firebird is playful, and the Round dance is beautiful. I didn't realy like that the Infernal Dance wasn't that thunderous and went a little too fast, but the hypnotic bercuse made up for it.

I love this recording.
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