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Bela Bartok will never ever be classed as easy listening. At first I wondered what on earth I had purchased, bit with a little persistence I started to ‘get’ what the Hungarian was trying to achieve. I have other CDs performed by Solti’s Chicago Symphony and like those, the outcome has always been an energetic and passionate interpretation. The only other Bartok I own is the Concerto for Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit’s Montréal Symphony Orchestra, also on the Decca label, but that now costs the best part of £20 for a single disc. Although I prefer that recording, for someone wishing to explore Bartok for the first time, then this double CD is good value. My advice would be to stick with it!
Una bella antologia che è molto utile anche per una prima introduzione a Bartok. Il suono DDD è pulito e potente e Solti e la Chicago Symphony Orchestra sono come sempre impareggiabili. Il concerto per orchestra vale da solo l’acquisto.
Thought it was about time I listened to some Bartok, which is one of the few classic composers I never got around to. Thought much of it is fairly dark in temperament it's beautiful and emotional stuff. And this album is a nice collection of his more popular pieces. Recommended.