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Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, Dance Suite / Solti

Release Date: 01/09/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000710902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Dance Suite; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. James Mallinson and Michael Haas, producers. Decca 475 7711.

This CD, a fresh compilation of digital recordings made in 1981 and 1989 by Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, appeared in January and immediately established itself as the prime recommendation for this repertory. Listening to it – which for shear joy I did again and again – I was reminded of how Sir Georg and his band would arrive at Carnegie Hall every year and play their party pieces as if nobody else had any business even tuning up. When it came to Bartók, they owned him. The performances captured here are dynamic, cohesive, and blazingly well
Read more played. I don’t think the Dance Suite has ever been better played or recorded, and the accounts of the Concerto for Orchestra and Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta rival the same orchestra’s legendary 1950s readings with Reiner, without the tape-era graininess. Sonic felicities abound. Imaging side-to-side as well as front-to-back is uncannily precise. One can easily pick out wind doublings, hear the solo first violins in the Dance Suite as an actual foursome, follow piano and percussion parts through the texture, and note the use of different mutes in the brass, or how, even in ppp, the bass drum moves a ton of air. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Dance Suite for Orchestra, Sz 77 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Budapest, Hungary 
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Sir Solti's Bartok: A Top Choice October 11, 2016 By owen r. (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Soti, who died 9-5-97 at age 84, was one of the great Hungarian born conductors that made the U.S. their home during the turbulent pre WWII period. Solti's manic style on the podium was marked by angular, slashing motions such that he injured himself several times with his baton. His driven manner produced synergetic musical performances ranging from sturm und drang to butterfly lightness. In response to Solti the sound in the Concerto can at times sound fierce and at other times feather soft. The Dance Suite and Music for... are more conventional and evenly paced. This disc is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest recordings of these Bartok masterpieces. My first choice would be Reiner/Chicago Symphony on RCA's 2004 remastering for SACD. Now that Sony has taken over RCA this seems to have gone out of production. Earlier issues are still available but their audio is not as good. The SACD remastering can still be found on the aftermarket." Report Abuse
 Good Performances April 30, 2016 By M. Bishop (Clackamas, OR) See All My Reviews "Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra as directed by Georg Solti and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is an inscrutable delight to listen to. The 20th Century sound is clearly portrayed from the beginning to the end of the concerto, and Solti brings out the best in the CSO in this piece. Each soloist in this work comes through with superb playing, from the stately and grand brass and trombone solos during the first movement, to the intermittent clarinet solos—all bespeak clarity of presentation unmatched by other, similarly situated orchestras. In short, I highly recommend this album to those seeking a quality performance of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and his other salient works included on this album." Report Abuse
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