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Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, Dance Suite & Rhapsodies / Ehnes, Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic


Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: CHSA 5189  
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  James EhnesHans-Kristian Kjos Sorensen
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Four years after a highly successful Bartok recording with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner here returns to the composer on SACD, with James Ehnes as solo violinist, and his Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The central piece in this recording is the Concerto for Orchestra, the largest work that Bartok completed during the last five years of his life and described by the composer, in the program notes for its 1944 premiere, as ‘a gradual transition from the sternness of the first movement and the lugubrious death-song of the third, to the life-assertion of the last one.’ It is joined by the Dance Suite, the immediate predecessor, among Bartok’s few works for full orchestra without a soloist, of the Concerto for Orchestra, Read more though by more than two decades; and by the violin Rhapsodies, the colorful folk influences of which are revealed by James Ehnes, a specialist in the repertoire, who already has recorded the complete sonatas as well as the concertos for violin and for viola to critical acclaim. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
2.
Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra no 1, Sz 87 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Hans-Kristian Kjos Sorensen (Cimbalom)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra no 2, Sz 90 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Budapest, Hungary 
4.
Dance Suite for Orchestra, Sz 77 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Budapest, Hungary 

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