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Bartok: Concertos / Kovacevich, Szeryng, Haitink


Release Date: 04/12/1994 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 438812   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Stephen KovacevichHenryk Szeryng
Conductor:  Sir Colin DavisBernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony OrchestraRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this compilation of lauded Bartók issues, Kovacevich’s incisive approach in the piano concertos, effectively balanced by Davis’s handling of Bartók’s colourful scores, creates a compelling blend of excitement and mystery. Szeryng’s account of the Second Violin Concerto is strongly directed and, though the recording favours the soloist, features brilliant orchestral playing. Haitink’s fine emotional control, and outstanding playing from the Concertgebouw maximise the dramatic effect of the Concerto for Orchestra.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Nicholas Rast, BBC Music Magazine
In this compilation of lauded Bartók issues, Kovacevich’s incisive approach in the piano concertos, effectively balanced by Davis’s handling of Bartók’s colourful scores, creates a compelling blend of excitement and mystery. Szeryng’s account of the Second Violin Concerto is strongly directed and, though the recording favours the soloist, features brilliant orchestral playing. Haitink’s fine emotional control, and outstanding playing from the Concertgebouw maximise the dramatic effect of the Concerto for Orchestra.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Nicholas Rast, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
4.
Concerto for Violin no 2, Sz 112 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; Budapest, Hungary 
5.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.1, BB 91, Sz. 83: 1. Allegro moderato - Allegro
Piano Concerto No.1, BB 91, Sz. 83: 2. Andante
Piano Concerto No.1, BB 91, Sz. 83: 3. Allegro molto
Piano Concerto No.2, BB 101, Sz. 95: 1. Allegro
Piano Concerto No.2, BB 101, Sz. 95: 2. Adagio - Piů adagio - Presto
Piano Concerto No.2, BB 101, Sz. 95: 3. Allegro molto
Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119: 1. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119: 2. Adagio religioso
Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119: 3. Allegro vivace
Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112: 1. Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112: 2. Andante tranquillo
Violin Concerto No.2, Sz.112: 3. Allegro molto
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: 1. Introduzione (Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: 2. Giuoco della coppie (Allegretto scherzando)
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: 3. Elegia (Andante, non troppo)
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: 4. Intermezzo interrotto (Allegretto)
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: 5. Finale (Pesante - Presto)

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