Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Stravinsky
Petrushka [1947 Version]
Bartók
The Miraculous Mandarin [complete]
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnányi

Recorded December 1977 in the Sofiensaal, Musikverein, Vienna
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2686
Duration: 68 minutes
Reviewed: January 2007
A hard-edged account appropriate to Stravinsky’s clear-sighted revision, Dohnányi presenting a graphic and lucid realisation rather than a fairy-tale narrative. The lurid story that Bartók’s score depicts is also objective. Musicianship and execution is at a high level; too meticulous, maybe, and lacking greasepaint – but the sound is excellent and this CD is a fine budget-price intro to both ballets.

 

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