Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della Rai. Igor Stravinsky, conductor.
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On October 23, 1957, Stravinsky's concert with the Rome Symphony of ballet music from Apollon musagète and The Firebird was recorded for broadcast by Italian radio.
"Gives the listener a fairly close-up and surprisingly intimate feeling of Stravinsky at work…. These are deeply involved and fairly emotional interpretations…. Apollon musagète has moments of intensely tragic beauty that Stravinsky plays for full effect, and despite its neo-Classical polish and passages of cosmopolitan wit, this ballet is quite affecting in its yearning melodies and plangent dissonances. L'Oiseau de feu is Stravinsky's impressionist masterpiece…. Attentive listeners will find that his beat is fairly flexible and his sense of line is quite fluid."—All Music Guide