Stravinsky: The Firebird - Vladimir Nikolaev: The Sinewaveland (Live) Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Ludovic Morlot
- Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): The Firebird (Original 1910 Version):
- Scene 1:
- 2Night. Kastchei's Enchanted Garden01:38
- 3The Firebird enters, pursued by Ivan Tsarevich02:24
- 4TThe Firebird's Dance01:24
- 5Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird00:54
- 6The Firebird begs to be released08:08
- 7The Princesses play with the golden apples (Scherzo)02:26
- 8Ivan Tsarevich appears01:20
- 9The Princesses' Khorovod (Round Dance)04:03
- 11Magic Carillon - Appearance of Kastchei's Guardian Monsters - Capture of Ivan Tsarevich05:34
- 12Dance of Kastchei's retinue under the Firebird's magic spell00:49
- 13Infernal Dance of Kastchei and his subjects under the Firebird's magic spell04:58
- 14The Firebird's Lullaby05:22
- Scene 2:
- 15Collapse of Kashchei's Palace and Dissolution of all Enchantments - Reanimation of the Petrified Prisoners - General Rejoicing03:25
- Vladimir Nikolaev (1953):
- 16The Sinewaveland (Homage to Jimi Hendrix)11:54
Info for Stravinsky: The Firebird - Vladimir Nikolaev: The Sinewaveland (Live)
Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony release a new recording featuring the unforgettable live performances of Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird along with Russian composer Vladimir Nikolaev’s thrilling tribute to Seattle’s own Jim Hendrix, The Sinewaveland, which premiered during the first ever Sonic Evolution concert at Benaroya Hall.
A signature concert series that features orchestral commentary on Seattle’s legacy of inventive and groundbreaking music and art, Sonic Evolution was designed and launched by Music Director Ludovic Morlot as a cross- genre concert presentation. The Sinewaveland was one of four pieces premiered during the October 2011 concert that paid tribute to Nirvana, Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix. Of this commission, Nikolaev recalls: “He (Jimi Hendrix) was my idol already during my school years! I listened spellbound to his albums, which were accessible in the USSR only on the overused reels. I learned to play the guitar by listening to his recordings. His music combines spontaneity, lack of restraint and improvisational approach with well-composed forms, refinement and accuracy of details. It may seem unusual, but my path into serious music opened up with rock music rather than Mozart or Beethoven.”
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot, is a vital part of the Pacific Northwest cultural scene and is recognized for its extraordinary performances, programming, recordings and community engagement. With a dedicated subscriber base of more than 25,000 patrons, the Symphony performs or presents over 200 performances annually to an audience of more than 290,000 people.
Since its first performance on December 29, 1903, the Seattle Symphony has held a unique place in the world of symphonic music. During its formative years, it was the charismatic Sir Thomas Beecham who most developed the Orchestra's skill and reputation. In 1954 Milton Katims began his 22-year tenure as Music Director, greatly expanding the Symphony's education programs. Rainer Miedél, Music Director from 1976 until his death in 1983, led the Orchestra on its first European tour in 1980. Gerard Schwarz was appointed Music Advisor in 1983, and Music Director in 1985. During his 26-year tenure, the Seattle Symphony made more than 140 recordings and garnered 12 Grammy nominations and two Emmy Awards.
The Orchestra is now under the artistic leadership of Ludovic Morlot, one of the leading conductors of his generation. During 2011–2012, Morlot’s inaugural season, the Symphony enjoyed critical acclaim for its blockbuster performances of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, and Hols’s The Planets; the inaugural presentation of Sonic Evolution, a commissioning project designed by Morlot to feature new works honoring Seattle’s musical heritage; and a season-long exploration of the music of French composer Henri Dutilleux. Morlot’s second season, 2012–2013, was marked with further critical success, including sell-out performances of Britten’s War Requiem, RachFest, an immensely popular cycle of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos, and the Seattle Symphony’s first-ever performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla.
In 1998 the Seattle Symphony inaugurated its new home, Benaroya Hall, noted for its architectural and acoustical splendor. Three years later, the Orchestra opened Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center, where people of all ages explore the world of symphonic music through exhibits, classes and live music presentations. The Symphony’s education programs, alongside its nationally recognized community engagement programs, bring classical music to nearly 50,000 people of all ages each year.
As the Seattle Symphony’s Music Director, Ludovic Morlot has been received with extraordinary enthusiasm by musicians and audiences alike, who have praised him for his deeply musical interpretations, his innovative programming and his focus on community collaboration. Morlot is also Chief Conductor of La Monnaie, one of Europe’s most important opera houses.
In the U.S. Morlot has conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. Additionally, he has conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Israel Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Saito-Kinen Festival Orchestra and Tonhalle Orchestra (Zürich).
Trained as a violinist, Morlot studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then at the Royal College of Music as recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. Morlot was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2007 in recognition of his significant contributions to music. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music.
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