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    Does anybody know which complete recording of Stravinsky's Firebird (complete 1910 ballet) is the longest? Thanks.

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    A very difficult question, since there are many recordings, including some we rarely hear about, also some more provincial ones with less agile orchestras.
    Here are a selection of them
    https://www.discogs.com/Stravinsky-O.../master/431004

    Colin Davis and Dutoit are both around 46:35 ... there are probably slower ones too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    A very difficult question, since there are many recordings, including some we rarely hear about, also some more provincial ones with less agile orchestras.
    Here are a selection of them
    https://www.discogs.com/Stravinsky-O.../master/431004

    Colin Davis and Dutoit are both around 46:35 ... there are probably slower ones too.
    Did Celi record it? If so that will be the longest. I'd guess about 30 minutes longer than anyone else.

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    Only the suite, and it´s among the DG recordings, so it is lively.

    Klemperer or Böhm didn´t do any either.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Oct-02-2018 at 20:06.

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    Haitink's account on Philips weighs in at about 50 minutes - I thought that would have been slightly longer than usual for the work.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Kitajenko's recording with the Danish NRSO on Chandos is timed at 53:14.
    There may come a time when Youtube won't let us do this...

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    The longest version of the 1910 score I have is Ansermet's 1968 recording with the New Philharmonia Orchestra which clocks in at 48:00. It's hard to imagine a longer version than the Kitajenko referred to above if that runs for another 5 minutes.

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