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Bartók: Divertimento; Dance Suite; Two Pictures; Hungarian Sketches


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listen  1. Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 1. ModeratoPierre Boulez 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 2. Allegro moltoPierre Boulez 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 3. Allegro vivacePierre Boulez 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 4. Molto tranquilloPierre Boulez 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 5. ComodoPierre Boulez 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 6. Finale (Allegro)Pierre Boulez 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bartók: 2 Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46 - In voller BlütePierre Boulez 8:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bartók: 2 Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46 - DorftanzPierre Boulez 9:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 1. An Evening In The VillagePierre Boulez 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 2. Bear MelodyPierre Boulez 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 3. MelodyPierre Boulez 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 4. Slightly TipsyPierre Boulez 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 5. Swineherd's DancePierre Boulez 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Bartók: Divertimento For Strings, Sz. 113 - 1. Allegro non troppoPierre Boulez 9:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Bartók: Divertimento For Strings, Sz. 113 - 2. Molto adagioPierre Boulez 9:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Bartók: Divertimento For Strings, Sz. 113 - 3. Allegro assaiPierre Boulez 7:35$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Composer: Bartók, Béla [Composer]
  • Audio CD (May 16, 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001GOT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bartók: Divertimento; Dance Suite; Two Pictures; Hungarian Sketches by Chicago Symphony Orchestra [Orchestra]

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This is the "lighter side" of Bartok--and yes, he did have one! The Dance Suite is a delicious collection of authentic Hungarian dances arranged in a single movement. Each dance is introduced by a refrain, or ritornello (as it's called in the music biz), and they all come back for a brief bow in the extended finale. The Divertimento was composed in Switzerland in the space of just a few days, and though not without its more serious moments, it's a generally witty, melodic piece for string orchestra. The other two works are just what the titles suggest: musical illustrations that will engage your imagination and set your toes tapping. Excellent performances, good sound, great music. --David Hurwitz

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( among he best in the world).
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The Images is a substantial and significant piece, with a gloomy and I think beautiful opening movement followed by a folksy dance second movement.
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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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This disc of four Bartok pieces, performed by Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is a very accessible introduction to this iconoclastic twentieth century composer. The first work, "Dance Suite," is just about as jovial and carefree as Bartok gets. "Two Pictures" initially paints a serene and almost pastoral picture, then turns more haunting. "Hungarian Sketches" is next and it is one of my favorite Barotk compositions. This recording was my third version -- the first two being Antal Dorati's on Mercury Living Presence and Fritz Reiner's on RCA Living Stereo. It is particularly fun to compare this Boulez "Hungarian Sketches" to the Reiner one as they were both recorded by the Chicago Symphony, yet nearly forty years apart. It is safe to say the C.S.O. owned this piece in both decades. The Boulez disc ends with Bartok's "Divertimento," the album's longest and most austere composition. Compared to other Bartok CDs I have, this title is fairly easy listening, but don't let that fool you because "Divertimento/Dance Suite" is incredible, creative, challenging classical music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Transfigured Knight on October 22, 2009
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I own all of the Bartok recordings with Pierre Boulez. They are all fantastic and if you're a Bartok fan, then they're worth your time. This recording "Divertimento, Dance Suite, etc.," is a fine addition to the series. "Divertimento" written for string orchestra is marvelously played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (who have a great history Bartok dating back to Georg Solti and Fritz Reiner). This piece ("Divertimento") is unlike anything I've heard from Bartok. I only own two versions of this piece Boulez and Solti. I prefer Boulez's performance for the simple fact that he lays the structure of the piece right out in front of you and he achieves remarkable clarity, whereas, Solti's reading is much more bombastic, which I guess is personal preference for some, but bombast for it's own sake doesn't always work, especially for Bartok's music.

Another Bartok favorite of mine, "Hungarian Sketches," is played beautifully here. Boulez doesn't wash away my impressions of Fritz Reiner, but he does a fantastic job of keeping this lively score afloat. "Dance Suite" and "Two Pictures" are also played with great conviction.

Boulez has proven with his Bartok series that he's a master of this repertoire. His whole Bartok series can now be purchased in an 8-CD set:

Pierre Boulez Conducts Bartók

I bought all of the Bartok/Boulez recordings before Deutsche Grammophon put out this box set, but if you're a collector and can find the individual releases cheaper than the box set, then go for it. They will be hard to find one day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Long-time Listener on November 17, 2013
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An excellent CD; for me the highlight is the Divertimento. Some reviewers here call it a "lesser" work, a "genial" piece, yet this is a multi-faceted work with a broad range of expression, from slashing dissonances to stamping Hungarian dance rhythms and sweetly nostalgic melodies. It shows a level of invention equal to any of Bartok's other late works or his string quartets. Boulez does better with this piece than many other famous conductors have. Solti's impetuous manner and aggressive tempos, for example, display a very one-dimensional picture of the Divertimento. But Boulez, in the first movement, communicates both the dance rhythms as well as the wistful, nostalgic quality that often emerges, and in the second, he at least hints at its Shostakovichian darkness. The third is a witty and energetic capstone to the piece as a whole. The only recording I know of that is better is the 1962 recording by Rudolf Barshai and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra: if you love Bartok, try hard to find it, as it's a masterpiece of insight and interpretation. There are several others that rank with Boulez's, however: Skrowaczeski does very well indeed on the Oehms label, coupled with a very interesting Concerto for Orchestra; Dieskau on the BIS label is coupled with a Martinu work, and there is an interesting Sony CD of divertimentos by Mozart, Klein, and Bartok. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on DG also does OK with this. Their tempos and phrasing are somewhat in the manner of the great Barshai performance, but come nowhere near its intense commitment and depth of feeling.

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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 29, 2005
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If I'm not mistaken, this is the only installment of Boulez's Bartok cycle for DG that contains no major work, unless you count the genial Divertimento for strings from 1939. Everything else comes in bits and pieces. The Dance Suite offers energetic homage to folk materials from Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and oddly enough, Arab North Africa. The more negligible pieces on this CD are the Two Images, which sound like castoffs from The Wooden Prince, and the Hungarian Sketches, which are simple orchestrations of even simpler piano miniatures.

For such a fragmented colleciton to work requires a burst of energy and elan. Sadly, they are noticeably missing from Boulez's straight-faced, sometimes bland performances, which date from 1992 and 1993 in Chicago. I can see why DG waited to publish these recordings until 1996, but they would have shown off better as fillers to major works. As they stand, they are pleasant enough musically, but I've heard much more committed readings of each piece elsewhere. Maybe the more infectious and warmer Ivan Fischer recordings on Philips would be a better alternative.
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