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Bartok: Music For Strings, Percussion, Celesta; Haydn, Smetana / Harnoncourt


Release Date: 04/06/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 59326   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla BartókFranz Joseph HaydnWolfgang Amadeus MozartBedrich Smetana,   ... 
Performer:  Michael SchadeDorothea RöschmannChristian Gerhaher
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of EuropeVienna Concentus MusicusArnold Schoenberg Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Just when you thought you'd heard it all, along comes Nikolaus Harnoncourt to teach you a thing or two. Now as we all know, there are two Harnoncourts, one brilliant and one weird. This recording features the brilliant one. He finds textural details in the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, particularly from the harp in the second and fourth movements, that will amaze you. Of course there's a price for this luxurious detail: with the happy exception of the dynamic and driving second movement, the remaining three movements move at a pace well below the composer's suggested timings. In the opening fugue and nocturnal third movement this hardly matters, but the finale sounds just a bit underpowered, even though its later stages contain Read more magical moments.

No such reservations concern the performance of the Divertimento, which opens with scorching accents and a driving intensity that carries all before it. Once again the central slow movement is a marvel of texture and gentle gradations of tone and timbre, while the earthy finale recaptures the vivacity of the opening movement. There is no finer performance of this piece available. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe plays both works as if its collective life depended on it, and taken as a whole this excellently recorded disc further confirms Harnoncourt's claim to be considered one of today's podium greats. Not to be missed.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  Stefanien Hall, Graz, Austria 
Length: 33 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2. Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Stefanien Hall, Graz, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3. The Creation, H 21 no 2: In splendour bright by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Michael Schade (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. The Creation, H 21 no 2: The heavens are telling by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano), Christian Gerhaher (Baritone), Michael Schade (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2003 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Requiem in D minor, K 626: Dies irae by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Musikverein Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6. Má vlast: no 1, Vysehrad, T 110 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1879; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 11/2003 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 15 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7. Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109: 3rd movement, Finale - Fragments by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/2002 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a part of a workshop concert with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Vienna Philharmonic. 

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