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The Firebird [1910 Version]
Two Portraits, Op.5
Reviewed by: Paul Cherry
Reviewed: January 2007
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2700
Duration: 57 minutes
With reproduction of vividness and depth, Dohnányi’s painstaking conducing combined with the VPO’s colourful, expressive, lucid-textured, rich-toned and dramatic playing makes for a very recommendable, often-magical Firebird (played in its original guise). The First of Bartók’s Portraits is a wonderfully soulful piece for violin (Erich Binder) and orchestra, while the Second is a wild dance; both are superbly Expressionist here.