Igor Stravinsky

Fireworks (Feu D'artifice), fantasy for orchestra, Op. 4

    Description by Alexander Carpenter

    One of a handful of Stravinsky's early compositions with an opus number, Fireworks (1908) is perhaps most significant for its role in propelling the composer toward fame. Indeed, it was this work that caught the attention of the members of the Ballets Russes and led to the composition of the first of Stravinsky's epochal ballets, The Firebird (1910).

    Fireworks is a short, brilliant showpiece for orchestra composed in just six weeks in late spring 1908. The work is notable for its juxtaposition of chromatic color and diatonic themes, a feature that suggests Stravinsky's debt to turn-of-the-century Russian symphonic style. In fact, Stravinsky composed Fireworks with the intention of showing to it Rimsky-Korsakov, his teacher and mentor, who died before Stravinsky could present the work to him.

    While Stravinsky's early works are somewhat rigid and derivative, Fireworks is a harbinger of his compositional maturity. Among the more notable features are the masterful instrumental effects, which presage the virtuoso orchestration of The Firebird. The metric asymmetry and unpredictability that became a hallmarks of Stravinsky's music are present in the irregular barring, providing contrast to the regularity of the composer's earlier works. Foreshadowing another characteristic of his later style, Stravinsky develops the opening theme through the use of fugue and canon.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Decca
    2018 Decca 4832562
    2017 Decca
    2017 Arbiter ARB 164
    2016 Praga / Praga Digitals PRD 250330
    2015 Sony Classical 88875026162
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon 002894794261
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon B002398272
    2014 Guild GMCD 2404
    2013 Sony Classical 88725461742
    2012 Decca / Mercury Living Presence 001653302
    2012 Melodiya MYD 1001604
    2012 Naxos 8571221
    2012 Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 Teldec
    2011 Decca
    2011 Decca 4783028
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 001660502
    2010 Equilibrium 96
    2010 Klavier Records 11170
    2010 Haenssler / Hänssler Classic 93237
    2010 Newton Classics 8802013
    2010 Decca
    2008 EMI Music Distribution / Virgin Classics 509995027322
    2007 Sony Classical Essential Classics 103112
    2007 Apex 4643772
    2005 RCO Live 05001
    2004 Mercury 000215036
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 573441
    2004 Testament 1336
    2003 Sony Classical 89910
    2002 Musikszene Schweiz 66
    2002 Naxos 8110859
    2002 Andante 1960
    2001 Gmn.com 101
    2000 Angel Records 61754
    2000 London 57127
    2000 Teldec 28407
    2000 Intersound 2536
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 574 029-2
    1999 Sony Music Distribution 61699
    1999 Pearl 9031
    1999 Sony Music Distribution 64136
    1999 BMG 09026 63311-2
    1999 Chandos 9198
    1999 Decca 448812
    1998 Preiser Records 90311
    1998 New York Philharmonic 9701
    1997 MusicMasters 67177
    1997 Dutton Vocalion 8002
    1997 Pearl 9292
    1996 Melodiya 332202
    1996 Intersound 866
    1994 Teldec 95496
    1993 RCA 61557
    1993 Deutsche Grammophon 437850
    1992 Delos 3504
    1991 Telarc Distribution 80270
    1991 Sony Music Distribution 46290
    1991 RCA 60541
    1991 Mercury 432012
    1989 Delos 3054
    1988 CBS Records 42432
    Reader's Digest Music 068
    Andante 1959
    Pickwick 1610
    Sony Music Distribution 61989
    London 414409
    RCA 5661
    EMI Music Distribution 74747
    Sony Music Distribution 46291
    As Disc 530
    Sony Music Distribution 64068
    Pro-Arte Records 587
    Teldec 18964
    Carlton Classics 02172
    ASV 542
    Supraphon 110661
    Decca 4140782
    New York Philharmonic 9704/05
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    Reader's Digest Music 079