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Firebird/Prometheus [Import]

Alexander Nikolayevich Skryabin , Valery Gergiev , Alexander Toradze , Kirov Orchestra , Igor Stravinsky Audio CD
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1. L'oiseau de feu: Introduction
2. L'oiseau de feu: Kaschei's Enchanted Garden
3. L'oiseau de feu: Appearance Of The Firebird Pursued By Ivan Tsarevich
4. L'oiseau de feu: Dance Of The Firebird
5. L'oiseau de feu: Ivan Tsarevich Captures The Firebird
6. L'oiseau de feu: Supplications Of The Firebird
7. L'oiseau de feu: Game Of The Princesses With The Golden Apples
8. L'oiseau de feu: Sudden Appearance Of Ivan Tsarevich
9. L'oiseau de feu: Round Dance Of The princesses
10. L'oiseau de feu: Daybreak
11. L'oiseau de feu: Magic Carillon, Appearance Of Kastchei's Guardian Monsters And Capture Of Ivan Tsarevich
12. L'oiseau de feu: Dance Of Kashchei's Retinue Under The Spell Of The Firebird
13. L'oiseau de feu: Infernal Dance Of All Kashchei's Subjects
14. L'oiseau de feu: Lullaby Of The Firebird
15. L'oiseau de feu: Collapse Of Kashshei's Palace And Dissolution Of All Enchantments - Reanimation Of The Petrified Prisoners - General Rejoicing
16. Prometheus - The Poem Of Fire

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One seldom hears Stravinsky's original, complete, 1910 score to Diaghilev's ballet, The Firebird. Here Valery Gergiev leads the Kirov Orchestra in a muscular, well-defined rendering of the work in full. His is a decidedly controlled interpretation. Stretched out in spots to bring out clarity and significance of line, it's pushed along in others to convey urgency and melodic direction. The microphones sound very close, which only heightens the vitality of the overall texture of this interpretation. Though the group is not always precisely together and a few spots are marred by faulty intonation, the spirit and strength of conviction behind this gripping performance more than carry it off. --Gwendolyn Freed

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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice July 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
No one needs debate the merits of Firebird; it is one of the great ballets of all time and a worthwhile addition to any collection. I don't like Prometheus as much, but this is a reflection on Scriabin's composing, not on Kirov's playing, Gergiev's conducting, or the engineering on this disc.
In fact, the engineering on this CD is excellent, and the complete Firebird ballet is played expertly throughout. The famous Danse Infernale is driving, and the Finale is soaring and triumphant.
However, this disc does not receive a full five stars because in my mind it lacks a certain "je ne sais quoi." I really enjoy it, but I sense Gergiev and Kirov hold back a little; I sense that they could have taken it to the next level of excitement but didn't. Don't get me wrong; this CD is great, but I just expected more. And one more thing; in the microsecond of silence just before the crescendo of the last note of Firebird, there is a small scratch on the recording. I can't determine if it came on the tape they used to record the performance or from a rustle of paper or a percussionist picking up something in the concert hall, but it just barely mars the most essential moment of the entire piece. I try to overlook it, but it's something small that stands out in a big way, sort of like a splinter or a tiny pebble stuck in your shoe.
Otherwise, this is a great disc which deserves nearly all of the kudos it receives, and I don't know of a better performance to recommend instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying April 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
Both pieces on this recording show why Gergiev is one of the most acclaimed conductors in the world in this repertoire. The excitement of this recording was confirmed when I heard Gergiev and the Kirov live, performing the complete "Firebird" at Carnegie Hall. No question, there are many good versions of this extraordinary piece, but this one certainly ranks among the best.
In terms of sheer, visceral excitement, this is hard to beat, and it is coupled with an equally breathless performance of the Scriabin "Prometheus." The final few measures, and the final chord, make as thrilling an ending as I have heard in classical music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incandescent! June 25 2001
By Grady Harp TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
As we are treated to more of Valery Gergiev's interpretations in recordings his gifts as a conductor and energizer of orchestras become more and more obvious. This FIREBIRD soars like a mltiheaded hydra out of the always electrical fire Gerviev smolders in his baseplate of trembling sonics. This is a spectacular reading of an exciting score, played in the way only the Russians can play. The accompanying PROMETHEUS on the disc finally comes to life after many bombastic attempts under other conductor's hands. Toradze is well tempered and the cause for Scriabin interest in this century is well served by all. This recording is one of incandescent fire!
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