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Saturday, November 8, 2014 Permalink

The Firebird Connection

Detail from a 19th century Russian lacquer box

 

Long before Igor Stravinsky’s celebrated ballet of 1910, the Firebird legend had for years haunted Russian art and music as a figure of irrepressible and unattainable beauty.

In fact, Stravinsky’s teacher, the composer Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, wrote of a failed attempt in the 1860s by his own teacher, Mily Balakirev, to produce a musical treatment of the Firebird legend—a work now lost.

Well, not quite….

In this hour, how Balakirev used his unfinished Firebird as the basis for a new work that would chart a different direction for Russian music—one that would inspire Rimsky-Korsakov and others, and a half century later, launch Stravinsky’s amazing career.

Playlist

4:00pm
4:00pm
Stravinsky BUY Brussels BRT Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Rahbari, conductor
Alliance 8.550263
4:02pm
Balakirev BUY from Mily Balakirev. Symphony #2, Tamara, In Bohemia.
CDK Music 66586
4:16pm
Rimsky-Korsakov BUY Chicago Symphony; Fritz Reiner, conductor
RCA 82876-66377-2
4:18pm
Rimsky-Korsakov BUY Chicago Symphony; Fritz Reiner, conductor
RCA 82876-66377-2
4:22pm
N. Rimsky-Korsakov BUY Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Chandos CHAN 10369(2) X
4:29pm
Stravinsky BUY Brussels BRT Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Rahbari, conductor
Alliance 8.550263
4:31pm
Stravinsky BUY Columbia Symphony Orchestra; Igor Stravinsky, conductor
Sony / BMG Int'l 88697103112-08
4:40pm
Stravinsky BUY London Symphony Orchestra; Antal Dorati, conductor
Mercury 432 012-2
4:41pm
N. Rimsky-Korsakov BUY Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Chandos CHAN 10369(2) X
4:42pm
Stravinsky BUY Brussels BRT Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Rahbari, conductor
Alliance 8.550263
4:43pm
Stravinsky BUY Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Simon Rattle, conductor
Warner Classics 724358553826
4:54pm
Stravinsky BUY Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Simon Rattle , conductor
Warner Classics 724358553826
4:57pm
Stravinsky BUY Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Simon Rattle, conductor
Warner Classics 724358553826


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