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Stravinsky: Pétrouchka; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin / Dohnányi, Vienna


Release Date: 10/18/2004 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4762686   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Igor StravinskyBéla Bartók
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Christoph von Dohnányi's Vienna Philharmonic recordings of Stravinsky and Bartók were outstanding not just as interpretations in and of themselves, but in the way in which the conductor got the Vienna players to achieve such idiomatic results in music not normally associated with them. To be fair, this isn't exactly true of the Bartók, whose expressionistic, Bergian sleaze suits this orchestra very well. But then, Dohnányi doesn't spare them a bit: the chase is one of the most exciting on disc, while the subsequent attack and attempted murder of the Mandarin (with terrifying organ sound) will make your hair stand on end. It's a great performance, and so is the Petrushka.
Read more Dohnányi very intelligently doesn't push the players past their natural ability in the difficult rhythms of the opening tableau, yet he manages to capture all of its color and folksy geniality. Elsewhere, particularly the scene in the Moor's room, the interpretation has tremendous atmosphere, and the players pull out all the stops for the celebrations in the final scene. Sonically this stands among Decca's best recordings from this source. A sensational reissue, and a bargain to boot.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
Notes: revised 1947 version 
2. Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Budapest, Hungary 

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