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Stravinsky: Petrushka; Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin / Nagano

Stravinsky / Bartoklondon Sym Orch / Nagano
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 73174   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor StravinskyBéla Bartók
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...[An] exceptionally interesting new reading...go[ing] further than the composer as conductor in probing the feelings of the tortured puppet, a bleeding heart indeed within the lacquered box of Stravinsky’s Shrovetide fair. Nagano has a head start with a more glamorous recording and the tonal sophistication of his orchestral soloists – not least a superb flautist who launches the ballet in high style and makes a special mystery of the puppet-master’s summons... Nagano’s subtle, uncredited pianist is rightly spotlighted in what, after all, began life as a concert-piece for piano and orchestra. Bartók’s 1919 monstrosity makes a superb companion, with some surprising connections between a supernatural Chinaman and Stravinsky’s exotic Read more spicings. Nagano applies a French Impressionist brush to these few caressing moments, while the LSO, who have held sway here since Claudio Abbado’s even more inflamed performance, shrill their way through Bartók’s more vicious barbarisms as to the manner born.
Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/1997/04/1997 
Venue:  Watford Colosseum 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3. Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Budapest, Hungary 
4. Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 

Customer Reviews

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 Budget Stravinsky July 8, 2014 By owen  r. (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "David Nice's review pretty much says it all. What we have here is a couple of Stravinsky gems well played and recorded for the bargain price of nine bucks. You can't go wrong on this one." Report Abuse
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