Stravinsky: The Firebird
The Special Annual Edition 2021 of the Vienna Philharmonic presents a live recording of Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird with the complete ballet music from 1910, rather than one of the abridged suite versions that are known to a wider audience. The work was performed under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel at the Salzburg Festival in 2020. This performance of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, which not only makes great demands on the orchestra but also the conductor, was met with a resoundingly positive response from audience and critics alike in Salzburg in 2020. The emotionally charged way that Gustavo Dudamel interpreted the work, bringing out its rhythmic qualities and rich contrasts and colours, left a deep and lasting impression.