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Bartók: The Piano Concertos / Anda, Fricsay, RSO Berlin


Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447399   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Géza Anda
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Anda's recordings of the Bartók concertos, made in 1959-60, have remained the preferred versions for nearly 40 years. His variations of touch and range of sound are still extraordinary, and he is equally at home in the brilliant and demanding percussive writing in the first two concertos and the hushed lyricism of the third. He is aided and abetted throughout by the knowing partnership of Fricsay, always an admirable Bartók exponent, and the alert Berlin Radio Orchestra. The sound remains bright and natural after all these years, with no perceptible modifications. Although there have been fine modern accounts of these concertos, notably by Peter Donohoe and Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anda's continue to hold their own... A highly Read more recommended set.

-- Charles Timbrell, FANFARE [1/2001, reviewing Philips 456772]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1960 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 25 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 28 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Géza Anda (Piano)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 24 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 a masterpiece October 17, 2014 By Alessandro G. (Pistoia, Italy) See All My Reviews "it is simply a masterpiece which cannot miss the collection of Bartok's fans." Report Abuse
 What an imagination! August 25, 2012 By Dr. Mitchell Gurk (Spencer, MA) See All My Reviews "Very difficult music, played with delicacy and panache." Report Abuse
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