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Bartok: Piano Concerto No 1, Music For Strings, Etc. / Kocsis, Fischer


Release Date: 10/31/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 416836   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Zoltán Kocsis' Bartók piano concertos with Iván Fischer are probably the finest modern versions available. This recording of the First has everything: passion, drive, and a soloist who understands the music's underlying lyricism. However, wonderful though the concerto surely sounds, the real reason to own this disc is to get the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Here is one of the few performances since Reiner's classic RCA recording that comes reasonably close to Bartók's indicated tempos (most other versions are too slow, particularly in the opening fugue). The reason this matters is not so much speed per se, but the balance of tension between the movements. The final product, purposefully flowing in Read more the first and third movements, savage and earthy in the second and fourth, is as structurally impressive as it is physically exciting, the perfect balance of form and expression. Wonderful playing all around, and very good sonics make this one of the great Bartók discs. Get it "on demand" from Arkivmusic.com.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 

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