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Stravinsky: The Firebird, Scherzo A La Russe / Haitink, Berlin PO


Release Date: 04/07/2011 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426317   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Already there is a consistency about the sound of Haitink's 'new-look' Stravinsky ballets. As with the recent Petrushka (10/91), we are partakers rather than observers in Kastchei's enchanted kingdom. The immediacy of it all is unequivocal: we pull focus on the whirring, fluttering textures of the Firebird's dance, shrill woodwind voices (not least that of the spiky E flat clarinet) leap from the "Infernal Dance", the febrile tremolandos of eternal night just prior to the coda are almost tangible... Haitink...could hardly have coaxed a more beguiling performance from his orchestra—not that the Berlin Philharmonic need much coaxing in music as grateful and as showy as this: the texturing throughout is dreamily soft, gossamer-light; Read more every solo line is naturally curvacious, the Firebird's supplications are at once affecting and sensuous... Haitink adds a suitably jaunty Scherzo a la russe in its orchestral version (lovely ripe horn detailing here)...

– Gramophone [12/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1. Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
2. Scherzo à la russe by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 

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