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Bartok: Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Midori, Mehta, Berlin Po


Release Date: 01/14/1991 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 45941   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Midori
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The First Concerto is a total success here; Midori's silken tones caress the Andante sostenuto, and both she and Mehta are very outgoing in the Allegro giocoso. Once again, a longest-ever timing implies great contrasts rather than just a slow performance. The First Concerto was recorded in February 1989, in the Philharmonie, Berlin; it has a full, lovely sound. The same engineering team was less successful there a year later; the Second Concerto does not sound as free and open—it is a bit cold and tight. There is an unfortuante splice at 3:17 of the opening movement (track three), which cuts into a phrase and has the soloist playing louder after than before; if it is an interpretive decision, it is even odder. As I said above, recommended, Read more but with much qualification.

-- James H. North, FANFARE [3/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin no 1, Sz 36 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Midori (Violin)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; Budapest, Hungary 
2. Concerto for Violin no 2, Sz 112 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Midori (Violin)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; Budapest, Hungary 

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