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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. 

Sound Samples

Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction - The Harbingers of Spring
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Adolescents
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 3. Mock Abduction
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 4. Spring Rounds
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 5. Games of the Rival Tribes
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 6. Procession of the Sage
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth: 7. Adoration of the Earth (The Sage), Dance of the Earth
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 1. Introduction
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 2. Mystical Circle of the Adolescents
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 3. Glorification of the Chosen One
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Daybreak
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 4. Evocation of the Ancestors
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Magic carillon, appearance of Kashchei's guardian monsters and capture of Ivan Tsarevich
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 5. Ritual of the Ancestors
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Dance of Kashchei's retinue under the spell of the Firebird
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Infernal dance of all Kashchei's subject's
Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice: 6. Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 1: The Shrovetide Fair - The Crowds - The Conjuring-trick
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Lullaby of the Firebird
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Collapse of Kashchei's palace and dissolution of all enchantments - Reanimation of the petrified prisoners - General rejoicing
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 1: Russian Dance
Orpheus - Ballet in 3 Scenes: 1st scene
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 2: Petrouchka's Room
Orpheus - Ballet in 3 Scenes: 2nd scene
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 3: The Moor's Room - Dance of the Ballerina
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 3: Waltz (The Ballerina and the Moor)
Orpheus - Ballet in 3 Scenes: 3rd scene
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4: The Shrovetide Fair (Evening)
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4: Dance of the Wet-nurses
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4: Dance of the Peasant and the Bear
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4: The Merchant and the Gipsies
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4: Dance of the Coachmen and the Grooms
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4: The Masqueraders
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4: The Scuffle
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4: Death of Petrouchka
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4: The Police and the Charlatan
Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4: Apparition of Petrouchka's Ghost
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Introduction
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Kashchei's enchanted garden
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Appearance of the Firebird pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Dance of the Firebird
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Supplication of the Firebird
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Game of the Princesses with the golden apples
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Sudden appearance of Ivan Tsarevich
The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910): Round dance of the Princesses

Customer Reviews

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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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