By L-Acoustics Creations
L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird) is a ballet by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, commissioned for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Inspired by Russian fairy tales of a magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner, it premiered to great acclaim in Paris on 25 June 1910.
The work is performed by Les Siècles, a Paris-based orchestra which plays each repertoire on appropriate period instruments. For this recording, the orchestra uses French instruments from the early 20th century, recreating the sound and the colors of the orchestra that premiered the piece at the Opéra de Paris.
Les Siècles was founded in 2003 by François-Xavier Roth, one of today’s most charismatic and enterprising conductors. Born in Paris in 1971, Roth works with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and Staatskapelle, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, Boston Symphony and Zurich Tonhalle, as well as conducting Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra and Opera. He acted as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2017-18 season.