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Bartók: The Wooden Prince, Etc / Doráti, London SO


Release Date: 09/19/1995 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 434357   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Dorati’s coupling is an extraordinarily fine account of the complete Wooden Prince ballet, one where the folk element is very strongly underlined (try 1'55'' into the First Dance on track 2). The rustlings and rumblings in “The Dance of the Trees” virtually leap from the speakers (track 3 – note too the strings’ passionate attack at 1'31'') and there’s an abundance of wit and dramatic incident throughout. The sound, although occasionally somewhat opaque, relates such detail as col legno strings (9'22'' into track 4) with typical ‘living presence’ and I would not hesitate to place this superb interpretation alongside the more refined Boulez recording, even beyond it..."

-- Gramophone [5/1996]
"Dorati’s coupling is an extraordinarily fine account of the complete Wooden Prince ballet, one where the folk element is very strongly underlined (try 1'55'' into the First Dance on track 2). The rustlings and rumblings in “The Dance of the Trees” virtually leap from the speakers (track 3 – note too the strings’ passionate attack at 1'31'') and there’s an abundance of wit and dramatic incident throughout. The sound, although occasionally somewhat opaque, relates such detail as col legno strings (9'22'' into track 4) with typical ‘living presence’ and I would not hesitate to place this superb interpretation alongside the more refined Boulez recording, even beyond it..."

-- Gramophone [5/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Wooden Prince, Op. 13/Sz 60 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/1964 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, England 
2.
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/1960 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, England 

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