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Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Ozawa, Kubelik, Boston Symphony

Release Date: 07/21/2017 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186247  
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Rafael KubelikSeiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Flawed Concerto August 22, 2017 By Christopher Abbot (Westport, MA) See All My Reviews "These performances originate from the honeymoon period of the then-new DG/BSO relationship, during which time Claudio Abbado, music director William Steinberg, Michael Tilson Thomas, future music director Seiji Ozawa, and Rafael Kubelik all recorded for the Yellow Label. Several of these records have now been reissued in this terrific Pentatone series of multi-channel SACDs. Unfortunately, this in not one of the best. Though Kubelik has the measure of Bartok's masterpiece, his performance is somewhat lacking in character, and his finale comes unglued in a few places where rhythmic stability and momentum aren't consistent. The Ozawa Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is much better, with the spooky 'night music' movement (Adagio) especially effective. As in many volumes of this series, the listener is placed more or less in the middle of the orchestra. This can be either exciting or somewhat artificial as the listener is engulfed in the sound; again, I found the later MSPC the more convincing production. I hope that a future release could include the Ives Three Places in New England/Ruggles Suntreader performances. They comprised the first recording featuring Michael Tilson Thomas, and remain outstanding; how much better they would be in surround-sound!" Report Abuse
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