Stravinsky: The Firebird - 1910 (SACD)

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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton

Igor Stravinsky's first full-length ballet, The Firebird, vividly combined several Russian folktales into an unforgettable entertainment which remains among his best-loved works today. This album presents the entire original 1910 score, allowing us to relish the highly-coloured palette of what Stravinsky described as his 'wastefully large' orchestration. But as always with this composer, nothing is ever really wasteful and every note and nuance counts to the full in this splendid recording.