Bartok Orchestral Masterpieces
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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 2 September 2008
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 16.21 x 14.5 x 0.99 cm; 115.95 Grams
- Manufacturer : DECCA IMPORT
- Manufacturer reference : 028947051626
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Run time : 2 hours and 16 minutes
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Label : DECCA IMPORT
- ASIN : B000068Q5U
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: 61,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This Decca Double Decker release offers world class performances and recordings of Bela Bartok's most famous orchestral works. Having received Grammy awards many times for his Bartok recordings (some of which have been reincarnated and are reissued here), George Solti is recognized as one of the composers foremost interpreters. The Chicago Symphony sounds as mighty and intensely responsive as ever; and Decca's sonics are simply spectacular with remarkable clarity and depth. This is Bartok for the ages.
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This includes the Concerto for Orchestra,Music for Strings,percussion and Celesta,the Miraculous Mandarin [in suite form only,without the choir and the original ending],the Divertimento,Hungarian Sketches, Romanian Folk Dances and the Dance Suite.
They are extremely well played and interpreted.I often find Solti's recordings on the fierce side,but here that suits Bartok's music fine.
I am not a big fan of Bartok's chamber music,the string quartets etc,but his orchestral music is essential listening for an appreciation of 20th Century music.It is no tougher than Stravinsky's for example,or Shostakovich's music.
In addition to these major works,I can recommend Bartok's three concertos for piano,his two violin concertos and his ballet the Wooden Prince.
This is a very good place to start a collection of Bartok's orchestral music.It will lead you to wanting more!