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Stravinsky: Le Baiser de la Fee / Rozhdestvensky


Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  Melodiya   Catalog #: 1001833   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Union Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Ice Maiden was taken as a basis for the libretto of Le baiser de la fée, a ballet that was ordered by Ida Rubinstein for her seasons. However, Stravinsky admitted that only some motifs were left from the Danish writer’s fairytale: the mother and her child lost in a blizzard, and the Fairy who marked the child with her magic kiss and then took him away to her miraculous world of eternal life. Using some themes from pieces by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky dedicated his score to the great Russian composer. This CD presents a recording from 1966, made by the Great Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Television with conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Ice Maiden was taken as a basis for the libretto of Le baiser de la fée, a ballet that was ordered by Ida Rubinstein for her seasons. However, Stravinsky admitted that only some motifs were left from the Danish writer’s fairytale: the mother and her child lost in a blizzard, and the Fairy who marked the child with her magic kiss and then took him away to her miraculous world of eternal life. Using some themes from pieces by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky dedicated his score to the great Russian composer. This CD presents a recording from 1966, made by the Great Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Television with conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Le baiser de la fée by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Union Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928/1950; France 
Date of Recording: 1966 

Customer Reviews

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 Igor over ice July 12, 2014 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Stravinsky's Ice Maiden ballet score meanders along for 43 minutes. It failed to hold my attention as I did not find it very interesting. Perhaps a more sophisticated listener could find redeeming qualities to write about but despite being a Stravinsky fan I'll have to pass on this one. This 1966 recording has been nicely remastered and the Soviet musicians play with obvious skill. Oh, did I mention that the cover art was really interesting?" Report Abuse
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