L’Oiseau de feu

Story

L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird) is a ballet by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, commissioned for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Inspired by Russian fairy tales of a magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner, it premiered to great acclaim in Paris on 25 June 1910.

The work is performed by Les Siècles, a Paris-based orchestra which plays each repertoire on appropriate period instruments. For this recording, the orchestra uses French instruments from the early 20th century, recreating the sound and the colors of the orchestra that premiered the piece at the Opéra de Paris.

Les Siècles was founded in 2003 by François-Xavier Roth, one of today’s most charismatic and enterprising conductors. Born in Paris in 1971, Roth works with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and Staatskapelle, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, Boston Symphony and Zurich Tonhalle, as well as conducting Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra and Opera. He acted as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2017-18 season.

TitleL’Oiseau de feu
ArtistLes Siècles orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth
MusicIgor Stravinsky
Time00:44:11
TechniqueMixed in the Blu 23.1 standard
MediumBubble in crystalline resin and USB key

Tracklist

1Introduction2:43
2Le jardin enchanté de Katcheï1:54
3Apparition de l’Oiseau de feu, poursuivi par le prince Ivan Tsarévitch2:16
4Danse de l’Oiseau de feu1:23
5L’Oiseau de feu, capturé par le prince Ivan Tsarévitch0:49
6Supplications de l’Oiseau de feu5:18
7Apparition des treize princesses enchantées2:17
8Jeu des princesses avec les pommes d’or2:25
9Apparition soudaine du prince Ivan Tsarévitch1:14
10Khorovod (ronde des princesses)4:13
11Aurore1:29
12Carillon magique, apparition des monstres gardiens de Katcheï et capture du prince Ivan Tsarévitch1:30
13Arrivée de Katcheï l’Immortel1:07
14Dialogue de Katcheï et du prince Ivan Tsarévitch1:01
15Intercession des princesses1:00
16Apparition de l’Oiseau de feu0:30
17Danse de la suite de Katcheï, ensorcelé par l’Oiseau de feu0:43
18Danse infernale de tous les sujets de Katcheï3:58
19Berceuse de l’Oiseau de feu3:01
20Le réveil de Katcheï1:03
21La mort de Katcheï0:05
22Profondes ténèbres1:09
23Destruction du palais de Katcheï et de ses créations magiques, retour à la vie des chevaliers pétrifiés et réjouissance générale3:03