Bartok: The Orchestral Masterpieces - Concerto for Orchestra / Dance Suite / Miraculous Mandrian Suite / Music for Strings, Percussion & Celeste
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This Decca Double Decker release offers world class performances and recordings of Bela Bartok's most famous orchestral works. Having received Grammy awards many times for his Bartok recordings (some of which have been reincarnated and are reissued here), George Solti is recognized as one of the composers foremost interpreters. The Chicago Symphony sounds as mighty and intensely responsive as ever; and Decca's sonics are simply spectacular with remarkable clarity and depth. This is Bartok for the ages.
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what I heard last year in a concert hall.
A few highlights for me were definitely "Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta," "Divertimento," "Dance Suite," "The Miraculous Mandarin," and "Hungarian Sketches." I have never been too impressed with Solti's "Concerto for Orchestra." For me, the definitive performance has been Reiner's account on RCA under the same orchestra. Reiner brings out more of the darker elements that sometimes get lost in the score. This little complaint aside, you won't find a better collection of Bartok's more popular orchestral works. All of this in mind, Solti still doesn't clear my mind of Boulez's or Fischer's performances. Luckily in classical music, there's always room for improvement. Who knows who will carry the torch for Bartok after Fischer and Boulez have passed?
As typical with most Decca recordings I've encountered, the audio quality is excellent. Solti's performances aren't the to-end-all readings of these works, but they make a nice supplement to the recordings by the conductors I already mentioned. If you want some fast and furious Bartok, then look no further than Solti. Highly recommended.
Special note: There is also a 2-CD companion set to this collection that brings together Bartok's concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy on piano and Kyung-Wha Chung on violin with Solti at the helm. These are truly great performances as well.
Bartók: Piano Concertos; Violin Concertos