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Bartok: Piano Concertos No 1 & 3 / Peter Serkin, Seiji Ozawa


Release Date: 02/21/2008 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 7354  
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Peter Serkin
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Special Order:  This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 business days.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

*** This title is a reissue of a Japanese release with liner notes in Japanese. ***

What fun this disc is! True, today you can get all three Bartók piano concertos on a single disc, but these two performances from the mid-1960s, featuring the hot young talent of Peter Serkin and Seiji Ozawa, really deserve a home in the collection of anyone who cares about this music. With the Chicago Symphony in top form, the team blazes through the percussive First Concerto with take-no-prisoners gusto, especially in the finale. The Third Concerto, a more lyrical work to begin with, still sustains a remarkable degree of tension, and sounds as fresh as the day it was written. The central Andante religioso is completely
Read more captivating, the tempo perfectly chosen and Serkin finding poetry in just about every bar. The sonics are very clear, but also somewhat two-dimensional. Bartók's interesting writing for low winds and percussion in the First Concerto is very well caught, but given the spotlight on the piano you'll need to fiddle with the volume to find a comfortable listening level. Still, these are undoubtedly great performances, and it's delightful to see them reissued "on demand" by 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:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1965 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Peter Serkin (Piano)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 1966 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Concerto no 1 (Bartók): III. Allegro molto
Piano Concerto no 3 (Bartók): I. Allegretto

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