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Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Solti, London So


Release Date: 02/19/2001 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 467686   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Another missed opportunity! Decca should have coupled Solti’s first recording of the Concerto for Orchestra with his equally fine Music for Strings Percussion and Celesta, hitherto available only on a French Decca double CD set. Instead, we get exactly the same disc as was previously available on Jubilee or some such series, in sound that offers insufficient improvement to inspire much further comment. Still, if you don’t own these performances, you might want to consider this latest incarnation, which features interpretations roundly superior to the conductor’s later remakes in Chicago.

Solti’s Concerto doesn’t beat out my personal favorites, Bernstein (Sony) and Kubelik/Boston (DG), and the sonics remain dry in the bass and
Read more a bit woody sounding, but for excitement without any special subtlety, these versions have a lot going for them. The Dance Suite sports an earthy roughness and vitality that’s particularly compelling (sound clip below), while the Mandarin is very appropriately savage–certainly more so than Solti’s later effort, which is sabotaged by digital sonics at once harsh and lacking in body. At least here the orchestra sounds less synthetic. Solti’s Chicago Bartók has been flogged by Decca since it was first issued, and has recently been boxed up and released yet again, but true connoisseurs know that the LSO performances are the ones to get.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 36 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Dance Suite for Orchestra, Sz 77 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3.
Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73: Suite by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1927; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 12/1963 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Budapest, Hungary (1919 - 1927). 

Sound Samples

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)
Dance Suite, Sz. 77: 1. Moderato
Dance Suite, Sz. 77: 2. Allegro molto
Dance Suite, Sz. 77: 3. Allegro vivace
Dance Suite, Sz. 77: 4. Molto tranquillo
Dance Suite, Sz. 77: 5. Comodo
Dance Suite, Sz. 77: 6. Finale (Allegro)
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Suite

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