Notes & Reviews:
Dohnanyi's pair of recordings coupling Stravinsky and Bartok present him and the Vienna Philharmonic at their scintillating, dramatic best. Here is one of the most exciting accounts of Petrushka ever to be committed to disc and the sordid tale of The Miraculous Mandarin is sharply etched in this vigorous performance.
[Bartok] Dohnanyi 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... Sonically this stands among Decca's best recordings from this source. A sensational reissue, and a bargain to boot.