Notes & Reviews:
Dohnanyi's pair of recordings coupling Stravinsky and Bartok present him and the Vienna Philharmonic at their scintillating, dramatic best. The Firebird is luxuriously done, the final apotheosis most moving, and the lesser known Two Portraits of Bartok are showpieces of instrumental colour, timbre and contrast.
On balance, this is the finest complete Firebird on disc... Christoph von Dohnanyi demonstrates his mastery of this score on every page... The scherzo is light as a feather, the infernal dance is wonderfully menacing but also excitingly athletic, the finale is simply the best ever.