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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( among he best in the world).
The Images is a substantial and significant piece, with a gloomy and I think beautiful opening movement followed by a folksy dance second movement.
In one or two places in his Bartok series, as in his Concerto for Orchestra, Boulez seems less than fully engaged, but that's not the case here.
This is a very good-sounding recording of music by Bartok that doesn't make for very easy listening. I probably made a mistake to listen to it straight through. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stanley Crowe
Perfect performance. Perfect understanding of Bartok. Wonderful conducting. Superb orchestra.
One of what has to be referred to as on the 'unique list of stupid reviewers'... Read more
I have several 1990s releases by Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony doing Bela Bartok and think all of them are very good, with the disc under review here meeting the high... Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by jt52