Bartók: Viola Concerto, Etc; Serly: Rhapsody /Xiao, Kovács

Release Date: 8/25/1998
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8554183
Performer: Hong-Mei Xiao
Conductor: Janos Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Having a premiere recording of Bartok on Naxos makes an unmissable bargain. His Viola Concerto was the uncompleted work which, soon after his death, Tibor Serly put together from sketches. Now Bartok's son Peter, with the scholar Paul Neubauer, has re-edited those sketches. Though the differences are small, this first recording of the revised version, superbly played, proves fascinating, sounding closer to the Concerto for Orchestra. With the rich-toned Chinese violist Xiao as soloist, that version is here presented alongside Serly's. The warmly atmospheric Two Pictures and a viola work make a good coupling."

The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs - 2005/6 Edition, page 114
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Viola, Sz 120 by Béla Bartók
Performer: Hong-Mei Xiao (Viola)
Conductor: Janos Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
2. Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra by Tibor Serly
Performer: Hong-Mei Xiao (Viola)
Conductor: Janos Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; USA
3. Pictures (2) for Orchestra, Op. 10/Sz 46 by Béla Bartók
Conductor: Janos Kovács
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; Budapest, Hungary
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