In 1911, an article by Claude Debussy appeared in the magazine "Excelsior" in which he remarked that he had heard "the first work by a young man" the year before: "A highly original ballet score, L'oiseau de feu, composed with extraordinary skills." In fact the composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was still unknown in Western Europe before the Parisian premiere of the "Firebird" on June 26, 1910. The premiere of L'oiseau de feu, conducted by Gabriel Pierné, made Stravinsky famous overnight. Already in 1911, Stravinsky arranged parts of his "Firebird" music into a suite which he expanded and set for a smaller orchestra in 1919. This is a recording of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of Wolfgang Sawallisch.