Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Stravinsky - Two Firebirds

An electric wind is stirring in the trees today. It puts me in mind of Stravinsky's Firebird.

Andris Liepa and Nina Ananiashvili, now the artistic director of the Georgian State Ballet, 1997.

Here is a second variation. The YouTube link is being very naughty, so I will provide it this way:

Second Firebird.

Ekaterina Kondaurova and Ilya Kuznetsov (Mariinsky Theatre), more recent; not sure of the date.

You decide which one is your favorite Firebird. Mine--will remain my secret.

Palekh, 1980

I will now return to regularly-scheduled programming.


bluestorm said...

"He rode near and far, high and low, along by-paths and by-ways - for speedily a tale is spun, but with less speed a deed is done - until he came to a wide, open field, a green meadow. And there in the field stood a pillar, and on the pillar these words were written: "Whosoever goes from this pillar on the road straight before him will be cold and hungry. "Whosoever goes to the right side will be safe and sound, but his horse will be killed. And whosoever goes to the left side will be killed himself, but his horse will be safe and sound." Prince Ivan read this inscription and went to the right, thinking that although his horse might be killed, he himself would remain alive and would in time get another horse." ~ The Firebird, Russian Fairy Tales

such a clever guy! i smile.

the Russian Fairy Tales were some of my favourite in my childhood. thank you for posting this fascinating ballet performance, reminding me of Ivan and his adventures.

Iulia Flame said...

Thank you for the quote! :) I should take a page from Ivan-Tsarevich's happy-go-lucky stance.

I've been fascinated by the tales, as well, in the past, although there have been times I've nearly forgotten about them.

Such images--like your photos--create magic in our lives, stirring us with their colors and forms. :)

(for erin) when i ask, where have the redpolls gone, and why the silence at my seed station your eyes, unbidden twin candles startle ...

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