Stravinsky: The Firebird
- The Miraculous Mandarin Suite (Op. 19, BB 82), i. Introduction - Curtain rises
- Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127, iii. Allegro vivace
- The Firebird (complete version, 1910), viii. Premier tableau - Brusque apparition d'Ivan Tsarévitch
- The Firebird (complete version, 1910), xv. Second tableau - Disparition du palais et des sortilèges de Kachtcheï, animation des chevaliers pétrifiés - Allégresse générale
- Suite No. 2 from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, i. Montagues and Capulets
Catalogue Number LSO5078
Edward Haber, Bill Moss, Irene Trudel and George Wellington for NYPR recording engineers
Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd post-production & CD mastering
Recorded live on 24 October 2015 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center by WQXR, New York's Classical Station
Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
‘... an outstanding performance of the complete Firebird ballet. Gergiev, hands constantly aflutter, brought even the most insignificant transition passages to vivid life.’ The Guardian
‘Gergiev clearly adores this piece, and put his whole soul into the performance.’ The Telegraph
‘The concert was the last in a series pairing Bartók with Stravinsky, composers Gergiev has always done well. He opened with the suite from The Miraculous Mandarin… its dark sonorities and rhythmic complexities superbly judged.’ The Guardian
Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, this album was captured during Valery Gergiev's penultimate concert as LSO Principal Conductor. A selection of repertoire that always fires the Russian's imagination, it's a perfect example of the best music making his relationship with the Orchestra could produce.
Stravinsky’s Firebird was an instant hit with audience and critics alike at its 1910 premiere and has retained this popularity throughout the following century.
The legacy of Bela Bartok's Piano Concerto No 3 and The Miraculous Mandarin are similarly exalted. Piano Concerto No 3 is Bartók’s final work, performed here by legendary soloist Yefim Bronfman, having been completed only four days before the composer succumbed to a long battle with leukaemia, while The Miraculous Mandarin, performed here in the suite version, is dramatic, mysterious and sinister.
In addition, this release feature excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, which significantly marks the composer's 125th anniversary.
|Composer||Stravinsky, Bartok, Prokofiev|
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra|