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Promenade Concert


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Arthur Catterall (violin)
Antonia Butler (cello)
London Symphony Orchestra
Leader, George Stratton
Conducted by Basil Cameron
From the Royal Albert Hall, London
The story of The Firebird is based on a Russian legend. The Firebird flies through a glade in the forest. Prince Ivan pursues it to the gates of the enchanted castle of Kashchez, the magician and fiend. There he captures the Firebird, who offers him a golden feather, a magic protection in all times of danger.
In the castle gardens are thirteen princesses, captives of Kashchez. Ivan falls in love with one of them and they all dance until dawn. He tries to follow them into the castle but he is seized by the guards. He summons the Firebird, who throws all the inhabitants into a frantic dance and when they sink exhausted to the ground lulls them to sleep.
Ivan then gets hold of the magic egg in which the life of Kashchez is contained, smashes it, and the monster dies. All the captives are released and join in a joyous dance.
The Prince and Princess stand triumphant, surrounded by their court.


Violin: Arthur Catterall
Cello: Antonia Butler
Leader: George Stratton
Conducted By: Basil Cameron
Unknown: Royal Albert Hall

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