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Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra, Etc / Dorati, Et Al


Release Date: 11/09/2004 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 4756255   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Béla BartókAlban Berg
Performer:  Yehudi MenuhinMihaly SzékelyHelga PilarczykOlga Szönyi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia HungaricaBBC Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set presents Bartók’s major orchestral works, along with a riveting performance of the Second Violin Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin, and the composer’s only opera, Bluebeard’s Castle. These legendary recordings are under the musical direction of the great Hungarian conductor and champion of Bartók, Antal Dorati.

The Mercury Living Presence recordings have achieved legendary status for their outstanding sound quality and roster of famous artists in both core repertory and less well-known music. As well as a wide variety of Central European music, Mercury Living Presence achieved distinction for the wealth of American music that appeared on the label. These sets make these justly celebrated recordings available
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/03/1962 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 37 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Dance Suite for Piano, Sz 77 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 16 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna (06/10/1958 - 06/11/1958) 
3.
Portraits (2) for Orchestra, Op. 5/Sz 37 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 13 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna (06/10/1958 - 06/11/1958) 
4.
Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 28 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Watford Town Hall, London, England (07/08/1964 - 07/09/1964) 
5.
Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Watford Town Hall, London, England (07/08/1964 - 07/09/1964) 
6.
Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/06/1960 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7.
Wooden Prince, Op. 13/Sz 60 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 47 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Watford Town Hall, London, England (06/24/1964 - 06/25/1964) 
8.
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Wembley Town Hall, London, England (06/05/1960 - 06/06/1960) 
9.
Concerto for Violin no 2, Sz 112 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 02/17/1957 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 35 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10.
Suite for Orchestra no 2, Op. 4/Sz 34 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1907; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 11/22/1955 
Venue:  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 32 Minutes 14 Secs. 
11.
Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11/Sz 48 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Mihaly Székely (Bass Baritone), Helga Pilarczyk (Soprano), Olga Szönyi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1918; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 52 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Watford Town Hall, London, England (07/19/1962 - 07/21/1962) 
12.
Bruchstücke (3) aus "Wozzeck" by Alban Berg
Performer:  Olga Szönyi (Soprano), Helga Pilarczyk (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/19/1961 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 36 Secs. 
13.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 117, Bourrée by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna (06/10/1958 - 06/11/1958) 
14.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 142, From the Diary of a Fly by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna (06/10/1958 - 06/11/1958) 

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 - 6. Finale (Allegro)
2 Portraits, (Op.5) Sz. 37: 1. "Ideal"
2 Portraits, (Op.5) Sz. 37: 2. "Distorted"
Mikrokosmos, Sz. 107 - Arranged and orchestrated by Tibor Serly (1900-1978) - Book 4: No.117 Bourrée
Mikrokosmos, Sz. 107 - Arranged and orchestrated by Tibor Serly (1900-1978) - Book 6: No.142 From the Diary of a Fly
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Allegro: Introduction
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): The First Tramp Searches His Pockets For Money
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Moderato: First Decoy Game
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Comodo: The Shabby Old Rake Enters
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Second Decoy Game
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Sostenuto: The Shy Young Man Appears In The Door
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Sostenuto: Third Decoy Game
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Agitato: Horrified, They See A Weird Figure In The Street
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Maestoso: The Mandarin Enters
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Non troppo vivo: General Consternation
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Lento: At Last She Overcomes Her Reluctance And Begins A Hesitant Dance
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Allegro: The Girl Sinks Down To Embrace Him
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Sempre vivace: She Flees From Him
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): A tempo: The Mandarin Catches The Girl, And They Fight
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Sempre vivo: The Tramps Leap Out
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Maestoso: The Tramps Decide To Kill The Mandarin
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Adagio: Suddenly The Mandarin's Head Appears
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Allegro molto: The Tramps Master Their Horror; They Drag The Mandarin Out And Stab Him With A Sword
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Accelerando molto: Suddenly He Draws Himself Up And Leaps At The Girl
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Grave: They Drag The Resisting Mandarin To The Centre Of The Room
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Molto moderato: The Body Of The Mandarin Begins To Glow With A Greenish Blue Light
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Piů mosso: The Mandarin Falls On The Floor
The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19): Lento: The Mandarin's Longing Is Now Stilled
Divertimento for Strings, Sz. 113: 1. Allegro non troppo
Divertimento for Strings, Sz. 113: 2. Molto adagio
Divertimento for Strings, Sz. 113: 3. Allegro assai
Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110: 1. Assai lento
Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110: 2. Lento, ma non troppo
Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110: 3. Allegro non troppo

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