Antal Dorati - Stravinsky: The Firebird

 (Half-Speed Master)


Mercury Living Presence



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AMER 52192
UPC: 028948521920
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Mercury Living Presence Vinyl Series 1

Hear how Tom Fine, the son of the original recording engineer Robert Fine, and original producer Wilma Cozart Fine, VP of Mercury Records' classical division, handled duties as both the reissue producer and remastering engineer for the Mercury Living Presence Vinyl Series. Here.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Mercury Living Presence label and its distinctive sound. To celebrate Decca Classics is planning to release the complete digital catalog and reissue selected titles on CD and vinyl.

Series 1 includes five beloved titles from the famed classical music label, newly remastered from the original master tapes and cut to vinyl at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, and pressed at Optimal in Germany on 180-gram super-quiet vinyl.

Revolutionary in its time, "The Firebird" is a story in musical textures and dynamics perfectly suited to the Mercury technique. Dorati and the LSO present each nuance of Stravinsky's score in perfect scale and balance and are heard here in incredible detail and fidelity.


Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The Firebird (L'Oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910)
Side One:
1. Introduction
2. Kashchei's enchanted garden
3. Appearance of the Firebird pursued by Prince Ivan
4. Dance of the Firebird
5. Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
6. Supplication of the Firebird
7. Appearance of the thirteen enchanted Princesses
8. Game of the Princesses with the golden apples
9. Sudden appearance of Ivan Tsarevich
10. Round dance of the Princesses

Side Two:
1. Daybreak
2. Magic carillon, appearance of Kashchei
3. Arrival of Kashchei
4. Dialogue between Ivan Tsarevich and Kashchei
5. Intercession of the Princesses
6. Intervention of the Firebird
7. Dance of Kashchei's retinue
8. Infernal dance of all Kashchei's subjects
9. Lullaby of the Firebird
10. Kashchei's awakening
11. Kashchei's death - Darkness
12. Collapse of Kashchei's palace

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