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Stravinsky: Petrushka; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin / Nagano


Release Date: 11/17/1998 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 23142   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla BartókIgor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nagano goes further than the composer as conductor in probing the feelings of the tortured puppet, and the LSO shrill their way through Bartók’s more vicious barbarisms as to the manner born.

...[An] exceptionally interesting new reading...go[ing] further than the composer as conductor in probing the feelings of the tortured puppet, a bleeding heart indeed within the lacquered box of Stravinsky’s Shrovetide fair. Nagano has a head start with a more glamorous recording and the tonal sophistication of his orchestral soloists – not least a superb flautist who launches the ballet in high style and makes a special mystery of the puppet-master’s summons... Nagano’s subtle, uncredited pianist is rightly spotlighted in
Read more what, after all, began life as a concert-piece for piano and orchestra. Bartók’s 1919 monstrosity makes a superb companion, with some surprising connections between a supernatural Chinaman and Stravinsky’s exotic spicings. Nagano applies a French Impressionist brush to these few caressing moments, while the LSO, who have held sway here since Claudio Abbado’s even more inflamed performance, shrill their way through Bartók’s more vicious barbarisms as to the manner born. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Budapest, Hungary 
2. Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
Notes: Composition written: Switzerland (1911).
Composition revised: 1947. 

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