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Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra, Miraculous Mandarin Suite / Kubelik, Ozawa

Release Date: 10/31/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437247   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Rafael KubelikSeiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Seiji Ozawa's version of the Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin is very good, if a touch lacking in both sleaze and ferocity, but Rafael Kubelik's interpretation of the Concerto is one of my "desert island" recordings. The Boston Symphony, you may recall, premiered the work, and Kubelik conducted it often (and recorded it more than once). The combination of the two is inspirational: it would be hard to imagine a more perfect performance. The creepy trumpet duet in the introduction has a timbre that sends a shiver down the spine; the "games" in the second movement seldom have been phrased so elegantly. Bartók's central elegy is harrowing; the "interrupted"
Read more intermezzo is gorgeously played by the strings, and the central parody of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony is wonderfully tipsy. As for the finale, it offers an ideal combination of excitement and clean articulation from the violins. The sonics also rank with the finest from DG in Boston. Simply put, this "on demand" release from Arkivmusic.com belongs in every collection.

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

Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73: Suite by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1927; Budapest, Hungary 
Notes: Composition written: Budapest, Hungary (1919 - 1927). 

Sound Samples

The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Suite
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)

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