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Stravinsky: L'oiseau De Feu, Le Sacre Du Printemps / Jansons, Concertgebouw


Release Date: 08/12/2008 
Label:  Rco Live   Catalog #: 8002   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

The playing on this disc is absolutely outstanding. It's amazing to hear the Infernal Dance from The Firebird with every note clearly articulated by the strings, and the woodwind solos in the Ronde des princesses and Berceuse are beyond gorgeous. However, both here and in the first part of The Rite you might feel that Mariss Jansons (who has recorded this music before for EMI with the Oslo Philharmonic) lacks a measure of sheer energy and rhythmic punch. In the latter work the entire section following the Spring Rounds could have more bite, more violence from the brass, and the horns are balanced a touch backwardly despite generally excellent
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That said, the second half of The Rite is pretty spectacular, culminating in a very exciting Sacrificial Dance and conclusion. The Firebird also oozes the necessary dark and exotic atmosphere, and it's only because so much that happens goes supremely right that I wish Jansons had urged his players to give that last ounce of force at climactic points. There's one odd textual note: the Firebird's Infernal Dance includes a very out-of-place part for tubular bell on those loud, crunching chords at the start (and later) which is not in the 1919 score. I used to think that this was a Stokowski-ism, since he exaggerates the effect more than anyone else, but since Ormandy and now Jansons does it too, I wonder if there isn't an old, corrupt set of parts out there? Anyway, this is a mostly wonderful disc, even if it could have been just that much better still. For the playing alone, it's a keeper.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
2.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 

Sound Samples

The Firebird Suite (1919 version): I. Introduction
The Firebird Suite (1919 version): II. The Firebird and its Dance
The Firebird Suite (1919 version): III. Variation of the Firebird
The Firebird Suite (1919 version): IV. Ring dance of the Princesses
The Firebird Suite (1919 version): V. Infernal Dance of King Kashchey
The Firebird Suite (1919 version): VI. Lullaby
The Firebird Suite (1919 version): VII. Finale
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Introduction -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the River Tribes -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Sage -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors -
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance
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