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Stravinsky: The Firebird / Kent Nagano, London Symphony


Release Date: 11/27/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 45032   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Kent Nagano’s vividly detailed LSO recording of the original Stravinsky Firebird score...must go right to the top of the recommended list. From the very opening the clearly delineated kaleidoscope of orchestral colour reminds one of Dorati’s famous Mercury recording (11/91), but the Virgin sound balance produced by Andrew Keener is even finer, slightly softer grained, richer, but with hardly less impact. At the opening, the playing generates a slightly less tension than with Dorati, but the concentration steadily increases, the orchestral colour glows radiantly, and the big set pieces – the spectacular ‘Danse infernale’ of Kashchei, the lovely ‘Princesses’ Round Dance’ and the ‘Berceuse’ – are all superbly played. The final climax Read more expands gloriously. Nagano also uses the original 1920 score of the Symphonies of wind instruments and the result is ear-tickling in the best sense, with sonorities juxtaposed most skilfully, textures keenly balanced, and a well-maintained onward flow."

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Works on This Recording

1.
Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 48 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Selection recorded December, 1991 and January, 1992.
Composition written: Russia (1909 - 1910). 
2.
Symphonies of Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 15 Secs. 

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