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Bartók: Suites For Orchestra / Martinon, Chicago So


Release Date: 05/18/1999 
Label:  Rca Red Seal Hp Catalog #: 63315   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Béla BartókPaul HindemithEdgard Varčse
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Chicago Symphony's recordings of Bartók conducted by fellow-Hungarian Fritz Reiner are justly famous, but the 1967 recording of Bartók's 'Miraculous Mandarin' Suite on this disc reveals that Reiner's successor as music director in Chicago, Jean Martinon, was equally able to inspire the orchestra in this repertoire. This ballet suite is one of the most viscerally exciting scores that Bartók wrote, and it is given a thrilling reading here, with tempos taken at a breakneck pace, especially in the chase sequence near the end. The orchestration is brilliantly captured too, with every squealing woodwind and snarling brass line standing out in high relief.
Among other 20th-century ballet scores, Hindemith's 'Noblissima visione' could hardly
Read more offer a greater contrast, aiming for a "noble vision" (as the title suggests), restrained and often austere compared to the lurid and sensuous 'Mandarin.' Portraying the mystic marriage of St. Francis of Assisi, the score occupies a similar sound world as Hindemith's better-known 'Mathis der Maler,' which dates from just a few years earlier. For a final contrast, Varčse's noisy 'Arcana' is thrown in: Basically an experiment in sonority, it is brilliantly orchestrated with a huge array of percussion, and requires every bit of virtuosity Martinon and his orchestra have to offer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73: Suite by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1927; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 4/26/1967 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 18 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Nobilissima Visione by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 10/25/1967 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 23 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Arcana by Edgard Varčse
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 3/21/1966 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 17 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Miraculous Mandarin
Einletung und Rondo I.
Marsch und Pastorale II.
Passacaglia (III)
Arcana

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