Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971):
Fireworks, Fantasy for Orchestra (track 1)
The Firebird (complete ballet) (tracks 2-23)
Tango (track 24)
Scherzo a la Russe (track 25)
The Song of the Nightingale (Symphonic Poem) (tracks 26-29)
London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati, conductor
Recorded June 7, 1959 (Firebird), June 22 & 24, 1964 (Song of the Nightingale), June 27, 1964 (Fireworks and Scherzo a la Russe) and July 7, 1964 (Tango) in Watford Town Hall, UK.
Reocrding Director: Wilma Cozart (Firebird), Harold Lawrence (Fireworks, Tango, Scherzo a la Russe and Song of the Nightingale)
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Chief Engineer & Technical Supervisor: C. Robert Fine (Firebird), Robert Eberenz (Fireworks, Tango, Scherzo a la Russe and Song of the Nightingale)
Associate Engineer: Robert Eberenz (Firebird)
DSD Transfer and 3-to-2 MIx: Andrew Wedman, assisted by Andreas Bruning and Claudia Pohl
Original recordings made with three Schoeps M201 omni-directional microphones. Recorded on Ampex 300 half-inch 3-track recorders at 15 inches per second. First-generation tapes were transferred to produce this high-definition download.
On this monumental audiophile download, prominent conductor Antal Dorati leads the acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra through celebrated orchestral works by Stravinsky. This tremendous effort is highlighted with spectacular sonic clarity, rich textures and dynamic tones. Included is arguably the most definitive performance of Stravinsky’s Firebird, captured with the unparalleled sound associated with the Mercury Living Presence series. Truly awe-inspiring, the recording will leave you breathless.