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Bartok: Orchestral Works / Southwest German Radio


Release Date: 08/08/2006 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 277600   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Russell Sherman
Conductor:  Michael GielenZoltán PeskóHanns-Martin Schneidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is quite an enjoyable Bartók album, featuring an intriguing sample of his early and late-period works. The masterpiece of course is Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, which receives a vital and rhythmically alert performance under Zoltán Peskó and the SWR Symphony. Peskó builds considerable energy and tension in the first movement and maintains it throughout the performance, even if he doesn't quite match the intensity of Bernstein or Reiner in their classic recordings.

Russell Sherman brings a certain physical grandeur to Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3, giving the piece a sharper rhythmic profile than it normally receives. Michael Gielen is of like mind as he adroitly balances
Read more the score's romantic and modern elements. Lastly, Hanns-Martin Schneidt leads an emotionally stimulating reading of the Two Portraits, again with excellent playing by the SWR Symphony. The live recordings feature solid, dynamically wide-ranging sound; only the lack of clarity in the low end reveals their radio production origin. Of course, there are better individual performances available, including the above-mentioned recordings as well as the Kocsis/Fischer Piano Concerto No. 3. But those wanting this particular compilation will be very pleased, especially as it's offered at bargain price.

– Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Russell Sherman (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
2.
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Zoltán Peskó
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Portraits (2) for Orchestra, Op. 5/Sz 37 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Hanns-Martin Schneidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; Budapest, Hungary 

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