Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra pair two of Igor Stravinsky's masterpieces on this 2010 Orfeo release, The Firebird and the Symphony of Psalms. Recorded in the highly resonant Birmingham Symphony Hall, the first selection is a performance of the complete 1910 ballet on a Russian fairy tale, which is followed by the neo-classical setting of psalms for chorus and orchestra Stravinsky composed in 1930. Stylistically, these works are poles apart in Stravinsky's canon, for the soft impressionism of The Firebird couldn't be more different than the dry and austere music of the Symphony of Psalms, which was a product of his neo-classical period.
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