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Music from Diaghilev's Ballet Russes / Fischer, BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Diaghilev / Bnow / Fischer
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 271   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor StravinskyAnatole LiadovFrancis Poulenc
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Serge Diaghilev's choice of composers for his Ballet Russes productions (often acknowledged as one of the 20th century's most influential ballet companies) has led to the creation of some of the most engaging and exhilarating music in the classical world. This new 3 CD set of live orchestral recordings by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer captures Stravinsky’s three great ballet scores for the company (The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring) as well as works by fellow Ballet Russes composers Francis Poulenc (Les Biches) and Anatoly Liadov (Baba-Yaga, The Enchanted Lake and Kikimora).

REVIEWS:

This fresh sounding live recording from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under
Read more Thierry Fischer, the first made in the BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, certainly has a sense of occasion about it, with the audience erupting as the finale chorale [Firebird] reaches its exultant conclusion.

– BBC Music Magazine

Thierry Fischer's Petrushka, notably beautiful, is graciously touching rather than violent or eruptive, the clean-textured, superbly detailed playing from the BBC National Orchestra Wales reminds us just how startlingly original Stravinsky's sonorities are.

– The Guardian

You should buy this for the generous, unusual coupling with Francis Poulenc's rowdy, witty 1924 ballet Les biches .... As with the Rite, the performance is immaculate.

– The Arts Desk Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3 by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/14/2009 
Venue:  Live  BBC Hoddinott Hall 
Length: 13 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/03/2008 
Venue:  Live  St. David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales 
Length: 46 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
4.
Baba-Yaga, Op. 56 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1891-?1904; Russia 
5.
The enchanted lake, Op. 62 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1909; Russia 
6.
Kikimora, Op. 63 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
7.
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
8.
Les biches by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 

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