"The Firebird was Stravinsky's first major success, the first of his ballets to be premiered by Sergei Diaghilev's famous Ballets Russes. Its fantasy-like story tells of Prince Ivan, who befriends the Firebird and later summons the magical creature to aid him in defeating the evil magician Kastchei and his fiendish monsters." - AMG.
In 1961 London Records introduced Phase 4 Stereo, with promises to break "the sonic barrier." London was a well established American label owned by British Decca (not to be confused with American Decca) that specialized, not surprisingly, in releasing recordings from England.
Phase 4 Stereo: "New Scoring Concepts Incorporating True Musical Use of Separation and Movement. In this phase, arrangers and orchestrators re-score the music to place the instruments where they are musically most desired at any particular moment and make use of direction and movement to punctuate the musicality of sounds. The effect is more sound -- more interest -- more entertainment -- more participation -- more listening pleasure. Phase 4 albums quickly became known for their characteristic sound: warm, rich, clean, precisely performed, arranged and recorded.
The record is Mint.
The jacket is Mint.
Spectacular dynamics and imaging - very powerful and detailed.
This LP was purchased new and played once and then cleaned on a VPI machine. It was played a second time while recording to tape and then stored.
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