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Stravinsky: Firebird, Petrouchka, Le Sacre Du Printemps, Orpheus / Davis, Royal Concertgebouw


Release Date: 01/15/2002 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464744   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Davis gets the mystery of the opening pages of The Firebird exactly right. He gives the score time to unfold – as modern as it is, it is essentially a late-19th-century symphonic poem in the colorful tradition of Rimsky-Korsakoff and Glière – and he draws superlative playing from the Dutch orchestra. The interpretation is gentle and expressive, but momentum never flags, and there is energy aplenty in the score’s flashier scenes. Philips’ recording is outstandingly warm and nicely atmospheric; unfortunately, the entire ballet gets a single track number, a grossly negligent decision on the part of the label.

Davis’s Petrushka (he chooses to do the 1947 version) is beautifully paced. The account has jewel-like clarity and
Read more a watch-like precision; this is chamber music on the grandest scale, and it’s thrilling, especially in the final tableau, which is accompanied by some singing from Sir Colin. The recording imparts a natural concert-hall perspective to the piece, yielding excellent ambience but plenty of detail. In Davis’s account of The Rite of Spring the piece is played as music, not noise. Again and again, new details in the harmony, texture, and voicing emerge; rhythm is not the only important element. The score is predictably well paced, and the performance brilliantly played, colorful, and strikingly detailed. The Concertgebouw winds have a field day, while the strings and brass, helped along by some audible exhortation from the podium, sail through the heavy weather. The recording, miked close-in for clarity and detail, is surprisingly dry for the Concertgebouw, with firm bass and lots of impact. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 11/1976 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 34 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Switzerland (1911 - 1913).
Composition revised: USA (1943). 
2.
Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1978 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 46 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1909 - 1910). 
3.
Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 10/1977 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 33 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1947
Composition written: Switzerland (1911).
Composition revised: 1947. 
4.
Orpheus by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1964 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 31 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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 Sir Colin Did it Again August 26, 2014 By David H Cooper (Rio Rancho, NM) See All My Reviews "This collection confirms the taste and genius of Colin Davis." Report Abuse
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