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Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Ormandy, Et Al

Release Date: 08/30/2005 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 94726   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Robert CasadesusJean-Claude CasadesusGaby CasadesusJean-Pierre Drouet,   ... 
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances of the Concerto for Orchestra and the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, dating from 1963, are both excellent, and if perhaps they are not the absolute top recommendations, they have more than enough individuality to make them well worth hearing. In the Concerto for Orchestra the primary consideration is the outstanding playing of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Just listen to the way the winds phrase their "games of pairs" in the second movement, or the physical lift generated by the rushing strings in the finale. This is magnificent, a joy from first note to last, even if I retain a marginal preference for Kubelik/Boston (DG), Bernstein/NY (Sony), and the recent Kocsis SACD (Hungaroton).

Read more /> In the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, a family affair with three members of the Casadesus clan involved, the performance is noteworthy for the willingness of the pianists to yield to the percussion, a decision that completely reverses the usual textural balance in parts of the outer movements. The piano playing isn't as sharp-edged as in some other performances (those with Argerich, for example), but the often impressionistic harmonies are beautifully outlined, and the interpretation as a whole is consistently captivating. Charles Rosen's contemporaneous account of the Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs makes an apt filler, and the remastering has been sensitively accomplished. A splendid re-release.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano), Jean-Claude Casadesus (Percussion), Gaby Casadesus (Piano),
Jean-Pierre Drouet (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Budapest, Hungary 
Hungarian Peasant Songs (15) for Piano, Sz 71 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Charles Rosen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; Budapest, Hungary 

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