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Stravinsky: The Firebird; The Rite of Spring CD+DVD, Colour, NTSC

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  • Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev
  • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (14 Jan. 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Colour, NTSC
  • Label: Naive Classique
  • ASIN: B008R5OKJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. The Firebird and Its Dance
3. Variation of the Firebird
4. Ring Dance of the Princesses
5. Infernal Dance of King Kashchey
6. Lullaby
7. Finale
8. Introduction
9. The Augurs of Spring
10. Dances of the Young Girls
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Introduction
2. The Augurs of Spring
3. Dances of the Young Girls
4. Ritual of Abduction
5. Spring Rounds
6. Ritual of the River Tribes
7. Procession of the Sage
8. Dance of the Earth
9. Introduction
10. Mystical Circles of the Young Girls
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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The fifth recording of Tugan Sokhiev and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse on naïve is dedicated to one of the major music works of the 20th century, Stravinsky s 'Rite of Spring', which will turn 100 years in 2013. Also featuring the 'The Firebird' and offering illustrations that enhance the special atmosphere of those works, this set includes a bonus DVD with a live performance of 'Rite of Spring' from the unforgettable concert that opened last season for the orchestra, now considered one of the best French ensembles. Tugan Sokhiev s career is moving ahead fast. Besides his activity as Music Director at Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, with whom he will tour Japan, Germany, Austria, Poland and China this season, he is now Music Director at Deutsches Symphonie Orchestra in Berlin and guest conductor of several prestigious orchestras, including the Philharmonia to which he returns each season. He also enjoys a close association with the Mariinsky Theatre and is in demand from orchestras and opera houses worldwide. The relationship between Sokhiev and his musicians in Toulouse is increasingly celebrated - Le Figaro described the partnership as "at the centre of French musical life", while Le Monde wrote of Sokhievmania after a recent performance in Paris.


Sokhiev plays The Firebird with a straighter bat, but there are bonuses aplenty. Beautiful linocuts evoking the Rite on stage adorn the packaging; on DVD is a live concert performance of the Rite. TwoRites making no wrongs.***** --Philip Clark, Sinfini Music 29 January 2013

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
The Toulouse orchestra gives very vivid performances of these two fantastic works as steered by the energetic, intense Tugan Sokhiev. It is music that benefits from a young conductor's visceral sense of the score, particularly in The Rite Of Spring. The sound on the CD is amazing, so that details like the bass clarinet near the beginning of The Rite come across with their full colour, or the low strings in the Introduction to The Firebird Suite (1919). You realise afresh how vibrant the orchestral palette is - it seems that no prehistoric stone is left unturned. On the DVD, which is of The Rite of Spring only, you do get a sense of how charged the atmosphere is in a live performance, where the rhythms are so hard that something is almost bound to fall short on the night, but I didn't notice it here. The final minutes of the Danse sacrale are riveting in their precision and the blaze with which the massed players capture the savagery of the score. The Firebird, which precedes it on the CD, has more notes of Mussorgsky in its elegiac pull and strangeness, and the sense of Tchaikovsky is there too, which has completely disappeared from the Rite. The Firebird is a wonderful work also, but more bright and fantastical than fierce. The two discs come with a hardback presentation including notes and two comic representations of the stories by Sophie Chaussade, both in just three tones. The Firebird on the cover gives some indication of their effect - I found them an interesting adjunct, finding a parallel visual form to ballet as staged. In fact there could have been more of them!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The CD performances of 'Firebird' and 'The Rite of Spring' are good, though no better than many others currently available. What is a real bonus is the DVD, with a filmed live performance of the 'Rite', very well and helpfully filmed so that all the extraordinary demands made on players and conductor are plain to see, in this score which Stravinsky said he 'knew how to play but not how to write down' at the time of its composition. It's fascinating, and helpful too, if you are really interested in the work. So, for that reason good value for money and highly recommended, though if I wanted the best audio performances, I would look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bright, well-managed Stravinsky from a rising Russian conductor 27 Dec. 2013
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The fabled Bolshoi theater in Moscow is currently looking for a new music director, and the latest news is that the three leading candidates are Vasily petrenko, well known as the star conductor of the Royal Liverpool Phil., Dmitry Jurowski, brother of the equally famous Vladimir Jurowski, head of the London Phil., and Tugan Sokhiev, who is known to comparatively few. I've only vaguely followed his career, but he seems to have revitalized his primary French orchestra in Toulouse. Now in his mid-thirties, and a native of Ossetia in the Caucasus (like Gergiev), and so it's no surprise that he's a Gergiev protege.

From afar one hears that the French are very enthusiastic about Sokhiev; he has also taken over the Deutsche SO in Berlin. On this CD the Firebird Suite is done very well, if without any new insights, and the Toulouse musicians sound fine. Heard at random on the radio you'd mistake the reading for any of a dozen others, but that means Sokhiev is reaching a high standard. The Rite of spring is a harder test. It was premiered in Paris a hundred years ago and has remained a French specialty through the decades of Monteux, Boulez, and most recently Myung-Whun Chung, who has given spectacular readings with the Radio Philharmonique orchestra.

The French way with the score is piquant, bright, and quick-moving. sokhiev adheres to this model, so there is less weight and almost no barbarism. In its leaner way the performance is quite enjoyable, even if it doesn't displace Boulez, Bernstein, Gergiev, and others who go for maximum visceral impact. In all, I'm encouraged that Sokhiev is a skilled conductor on the rise. Among the youngish Russians, my favorites remain Petrenko and Jurowski.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A fitting tribute 4 Jun. 2013
By Digital Chips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's a remarkable release for a remarkable occasion. May, 2013 is the centennial of the premier of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" in Paris. While the work no longer incites riots, it has become a repertoire standard, and one that can sound fresh and exotic even today.

Naive marks the event with this deluxe release. The hardbound 90-page book contains a DVD of Tugan Sokhiev conducting the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulous in a live performance of the Rite. Also included is a CD with the same forces performing the "Rite of Spring" and Stravinsky's "The Firebird."

The multi-language booklet features essays about both works, and wonderful two-color illustrations by Sophie Chaussade. Yes, these recordings are also available for download, but get the book. The illustrations and the feel of this quality print edition are worth the investment.

Musically, Sokhiev and the orchestra perform admirably. The ensemble plays with energy and precision. The fast sections in the ballets are amazingly clean, and the articulation makes the music sparkle. The soloists are also first-rate, especially in the Rite of Spring.

The DVD is a 48kbps/16-bit recording, which sounds great, especially through a two-channel system. Intelligent editing keeps the visuals coordinated with the music. We see the soloists when they perform, and -- more importantly -- focus on relevant parts of the orchestra when the entire ensemble's playing.. Just as the conductor's gestures can draw the listener's attention to something that otherwise might be lost in the mix in a live performance, the cameras here do the same.

All in all, a nice commemorative package for an important milestone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pleasantly Suprised 10 July 2014
By M Williams Grey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this one. The Firebird suite here is a decent performance, but let's focus on The Rite. This orchestra seems to have more of an operatic recording background and they sound very reliable here. The piece is played solidly. I wouldn't recommend it as your first copy of this work, but if you love this ballet, and have multiples as I do, it's a nice addition to the collection. My main gripe with it is that it sounds very safe. It's clean, yes, and it sounds terrific, yes, but safe nonetheless. There are no surprises here, and the only reason I took a star off my rating. But again, it is performed expertly. If you are a fan of this conductor, this orchestra, or a combination of the two, and want to hear a nice pass at 'The Rite of Spring' without risk, executed at a high quality, then this is a nice purchase.
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