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Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; Kodaly: Peacock Variations / Leinsdorf

Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Rca Red Seal Hp Catalog #: 63309   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Béla BartókZoltán Kodály
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc appears in a series of audiophile reissues from RCA called 'High Performance;' accordingly, the 1962-4 sonics boast a spectacular combination of fullness and detail. The Boston Symphony is in fine form, the brass players featuring their soft-grained, vibrato-laden sound in place of the impervious gleam preferred in other American orchestras. This version of the Bartok has had to live in the shadow of the 1955 Reiner account on the same label, justly acclaimed as one of the great Bartok recordings. Especially in the first three movements the music sounds more idiomatic, well-shaped, and rhythmically alive under Reiner. On the other hand, I can't imagine anyone being seriously disappointed with Leinsdorf, whose approach in the Read more finale is brisker and more fiery. The Kodaly variations are also successfully done, and the booklet reprints a few words the composer himself contributed to liner notes for the original release.

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

Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1962 
Variations on a Hungarian folksong "The Peacock" by Zoltán Kodály
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 11/23/1964 

Sound Samples

Introduzione I. - Andante non troppo; Allegro vivace
Giuoco delle coppie II. - Allegretto scherzando
Elegia III. - Andante, non troppo
Intermezzo Interrotto IV. - Allegretto
Finale V. - Pesante; Presto
Theme: Moderato
Variation I: Con brio
Variation II: Pianissimo
Variation III: Forte (appassionato)
Variation IV: Poco calmato
Variation V: Forte appassionato
Variation VI: Calmato
Variation VII: Vivo
Variation VIII: Piu vivo
Variation IX: Piano
Variation X: Molto vivo
Variation XI: Andante espressivo
Variation XII: Adagio
Variation XIII: Tempo di Marcia funebre
Variation XIV: Andante, poco rubato
Variation XV: Allegro giocoso
Variation XVI: Maestoso
Finale: Vivace

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