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Seven Pieces for Orchestra is a suite Doráti compiled from his ballet music
Magdalena. It includes many moods ranging from the mysterious, Firebird-like beginning
[listen -- track 1, 0:04-1:35] to the exciting percussion of the
fifth movement, Sortilegio [listen -- track 5, 3:04-4:33].
The work displays Doráti's mastery of orchestration. A variety of color and dynamic techniques
ensures interest throughout.
Night Music is a romantic suite for flute and small orchestra in five movements. It features
the most attractive melodies in the program. Though a few sharp intakes of breath are a
minor distraction, I can understand why the sound engineer was in close. Sharon Bezaly's tone
is gorgeous and she here makes some of the fleetest, most liquid-sounding chromatic runs
I've ever heard ([listen -- track 11, 1:11-2:07]. This is a
lovely score and again the color effects are exceptional.
Copyright © 28 September 2003
Ron Bierman, San Diego, USA