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Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Reiner, Chicago So


Release Date: 08/10/1993 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 61504   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner. RCA Victor “Living Stereo” 61504

It was Fritz Reiner who, together with the violinist Joseph Szigeti, persuaded Serge Koussevitzky to commission the Concerto for Orchestra, and after all these years it’s still Reiner’s recording of the score that is the best. Reiner understood the world of this music – understood the poignant, brooding, mysterious, and exuberant moods it explores – and his interpretation speaks with an authority no one else has matched. The Chicago Symphony, which Reiner had recently taken over and already whipped into a virtuoso band, plays as if it had just been set on fire, with real panache and plenty of power in reserve. The recording, brilliantly remastered,
Read more exhibits extraordinary fidelity for 1955. The coupling is the Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, in a performance that leaves little to be desired. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/22/1955 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 37 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2.
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 12/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 27 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Hungarian Sketches (5), Sz 97 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 12/1958 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 10 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Introduzione: Andante non troppo; Allegro vivace
Giuoco delle coppie: Allegretto scherzando
Elegia: Andante non troppo
Intermezzo interroto: Allegretto
Finale: Pesante; Presto
Andante tranquillo
Allegro
Adagio
Allegro molto
An Evening in the Village
Bear Dance
Melody
Slighty Tipsy
Swineherd's Dance

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 BASIC BARTOK December 3, 2013 By David W. (Palm Springs, CA) See All My Reviews "There are many good performances of Bartok's popular Concerto for Orchestra available, but none better than Reiner's celebreted recording with the Chicago. And, thanks to the original technology and meticulous remastering, it still blows the competition out the door." Report Abuse
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