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  Stravinsky: The Firebird - Litton
  Stravinsky: L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird) – 1910 Ballet Score, Tchaikovsky (arr. Stravinsky): Pas-De-Deux (L’Oiseau bleu – Bluebird), Sibelius (arr. Stravinsky): Canzonetta Op. 62a, Chopin (arr. Stravinsky): Nocturne in A flat major Op. 32 No. 1, Grande Valse Brillante Op. 18

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by Castor March 10, 2012
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Review by emaidel January 13, 2012 (15 of 22 found this review helpful)
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This recording is simply awesome. The orchestra plays like crazy under the brilliant direction of Litton, resulting in a "Firebird" that will satisfy just about anyone, and for every reason: both in terms of performance, and sonics. The disc jacket states "Resolution: 44.1KHZ/24-bit," which might upset those who listen with their eyes, but the sound of the recording should delight anyone.

Old-timers like myself fondly recall the 1978 release of Telarc's "Firebird Suite," conducted by Robert Shaw, with a bass drum that sounded like no other bass drum ever recorded. That recording has been updated (in 2000) with a DSD-remastered SACD, and the bass drum still impresses, but the rest of the instruments don't fare quite as well.

This BIS disc has enough bass drum "thwacks" to satisfy anyone, though not always where expected. The finale of "The Firebird" will rattle one's bones, however. What impresses the most is the glorious sound of the rest of the orchestra, and the masterful conducting by maestro Litton (who has impressed the snot out of me on numerous other discs, both SACD and CD).

Most highly recommended!

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Review by mekduk February 7, 2012 (5 of 12 found this review helpful)
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Can't imagine the single person who voted NOT to recommend this. Please get your ears checked or something must be wrong with your system.

Very good BIS signature recording which is highly transparent, has great dynamics and sounds its best on multichannel set up.

About the performance, Litton and orchestra have once again executed the whole piece brilliantly. A sonic treat and definitely a must-listen recording, especially if you're into Stravinsky's work.

If you have listened to the Petrushka and Rite of Springs, also from BIS and you're loving it, this piece is really worth buying.

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Works: 6  

Frederic Chopin - Nocturne in B major, Op. 32 No. 1
Frederic Chopin - Waltz in E flat major, Op. 18 "Grande Valse brillante"
Jean Sibelius - Canzonetta
Igor Stravinsky - Greeting Prelude for Orchestra (1955)
Igor Stravinsky - L'oiseau de feu (Firebird) - Ballet (1910)
Peter Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty (Suite), TH 234 Op. 66a