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Bartok: The Wooden Prince; Hungarian Pictures; The Miraculous Mandarin; Concerto For Orchestra / Jarvi, Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Bartok / Royal Scottish National Orch
Release Date: 07/29/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 24152   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This ‘2-for-1’ reissue brings together the best performances by Neeme Järvi of the music by Bartók, taken from his extraordinarily prolific recording career with Chandos Records. The four works span Bartók's career and include some of the greatest music he ever wrote.

The Concerto for Orchestra has remained one of Bartók’s most popular orchestral works since its triumphant premiere in 1944. Its title signals that each section of instruments is treated in a soloistic and virtuoso way. According to Bartók himself, ‘the general mood of the work represents, apart from the jesting second movement, a gradual transition from the sternness of the first movement and the lugubrious death-song of the
Read more third, to the life-assertion of the last one’.

The ballet The Miraculous Mandarin is heard here in its complete form. Set in a seedy urban underworld, it tells the tale of a prostitute, the three thugs that control her, and their mysterious encounter with the eponymous Mandarin. In portraying this scenario Bartók creates an astonishingly vivid score with some of the most colourful music he ever wrote.

The Wooden Prince, an earlier ballet, could not on the surface be further from The Miraculous Mandarin. Lacking its daring modernism, it instead shows the influence of Debussy, Strauss, and Wagner. However, its outwardly sunny character obscures a strange and surreal undertone.

The Hungarian Pictures are skilful and imaginative orchestrations made in 1931 of five earlier piano pieces. Each with its own distinct character, these pieces give the impression of being an authentic folksong arrangement, although this is true only of the last of the five. - Chandos Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
2.
Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1990 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 34 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Wooden Prince, Op. 13/Sz 60 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; Budapest, Hungary 
4.
Hungarian Sketches (5), Sz 97 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 

Sound Samples

A fabol faragott kiralyfi (The Wooden Prince), Op. 13, BB 74: Opening -
A fabol faragott kiralyfi (The Wooden Prince), Op. 13, BB 74: First Dance: Dance of the Princess in the Forest -
A fabol faragott kiralyfi (The Wooden Prince), Op. 13, BB 74: Second Dance: Dance of the Trees -
A fabol faragott kiralyfi (The Wooden Prince), Op. 13, BB 74: Third Dance: Dance of the Waves -
A fabol faragott kiralyfi (The Wooden Prince), Op. 13, BB 74: Fourth Dance: Dance of the Princess with the Wooden Prince -
A fabol faragott kiralyfi (The Wooden Prince), Op. 13, BB 74: Fifth Dance: The Princess Prods and Encourages the Wooden Prince to Dance -
A fabol faragott kiralyfi (The Wooden Prince), Op. 13, BB 74: Sixth Dance: With an Alluring Dance, the Princess Tries to Appeal to the Prince -
A fabol faragott kiralyfi (The Wooden Prince), Op. 13, BB 74: Seventh Dance: Alarmed, the Princess Hurries After the Prince, but the Forest Keeps Her Back -
A fabol faragott kiralyfi (The Wooden Prince), Op. 13, BB 74: Postlude
Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103: No. 1. An Evening in the Village
Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103: No. 2. Bear Dance
Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103: No. 3. Melody
Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103: No. 4. Slightly Tipsy
Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103: No. 5. Swineherd's Dance
A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: A shabby room in the slums -
A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: First decoy game -
A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: Second decoy game -
A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: Third decoy game -
A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: The girl is undecided -
A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: The Mandarin's passion is finally roused -
A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: Suddenly the Mandarin's head appears between the pillows -
A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: The body of the Mandarin begins to glow with a greenish blue light -
A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: The mandarin falls to the floor and at once leaps at the girl
Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: I. Introduzione: Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace
Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: II. Giuoco delle coppie: Allegretto scherzando
Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: III. Elegia: Andante non troppo
Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: IV. Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto
Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: V. Finale: Presto

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