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Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin, Pictures, Suite, Rhapsody, Etc. / Dorati, Mehta, Roge


Release Date: 10/14/1997 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 448276   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Pascal Rogé
Conductor:  Antal DorátiZubin MehtaWalter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony OrchestraIsrael Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Detroit Symphony Orchestra & *Kenneth Jewell Chorale/Antal Dorati. London 411 894-2 [*The Miraculous Mandarin (complete ballet) and Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta] (recorded 1983).

Antal Dorati’s recording of The Miraculous Mandarin and the Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta is one of the finest achievements from a prolific career before the microphone. There is nothing showy in the conductor’s handling of either piece, yet in each the sense of mood and characterization is extremely apt. Dorati allows the remarkably colorful music of the ballet to speak for itself, emphasizing its irresistible flow rather than highlighting specific incidents and gestures. Similarly, his account of the Music for
Read more Strings, Percussion, and Celesta has a feeling of continuity and cumulative momentum that sets it apart. The Detroit Symphony plays impressively in both pieces, and the Decca engineers capture it all in demonstration quality sound – precisely imaged, and gorgeously lifelike in the way it reproduces the weight of the strings and the impact of the percussion. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection, reviewing two Bartok works from a previous issue on London 411894. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1983 
2.
Hungarian Sketches (5), Sz 97 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1974 
3.
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1983 
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 1, Op. 3/Sz 31 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905/1920; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1978 
5.
Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 1/Sz 27 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1974 
6.
Pictures (2) for Orchestra, Op. 10/Sz 46 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1978 

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