Bartók: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Want to know what the two smartest musicians in Italy think of Bartók's first two piano concertos? Try this disc. With Maurizio Pollini at the piano and Claudio Abbado on the podium, the Hungarian modernist's concertos have never sounded so brilliant. Recorded in transparent stereo for Deutsche Grammophon in 1977, Pollini and Abbado's Bartók with the Chicago Symphony is searingly translucent in orchestrations that favor the winds, brass, and percussion over the strings and piano writing that encourages shock and awe virtuosity. But at the core of Pollini and Abbado's wholly unified interpretations is their essential musicality, and no matter how intellectual the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Want to know what the two smartest musicians in Italy think of Bartók's first two piano concertos? Try this disc. With Maurizio Pollini at the piano and Claudio Abbado on the podium, the Hungarian modernist's concertos have never sounded so brilliant. Recorded in transparent stereo for Deutsche Grammophon in 1977, Pollini and Abbado's Bartók with the Chicago Symphony is searingly translucent in orchestrations that favor the winds, brass, and percussion over the strings and piano writing that encourages shock and awe virtuosity. But at the core of Pollini and Abbado's wholly unified interpretations is their essential musicality, and no matter how intellectual the performances, they always dance in their opening movements, sing in their central movements, and get deep down in the groove in their closing movements. With the spectacular playing of the CSO, this disc belongs in every collection dedicated to musical modernism, and as a bonus, it includes Abbado and the London Symphony's 1983 digital recording of Bartók's early "Two Portraits for violin and orchestra" with sweet-toned, sure-footed soloist Shlomo Mintz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947763536
  • Catalog Number: 000874702

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in A major, Sz. 83, BB 91 - Béla Bartók & Claudio Abbado (23:31)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byClaudio Abbado
    Performed byClaudio Abbado, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1 Allegro moderato - Allegro
    2. 2 Andante - Allegro - attacca:
    3. 3 Allegro molto
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Sz. 95, BB 101 - Béla Bartók & Claudio Abbado (27:41)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byClaudio Abbado
    Performed byClaudio Abbado, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    1. 4 Allegro
    2. 5 Adagio - Presto - Adagio
    3. 6 Allegro molto - Presto
  3. 7–8 Two Portraits (Két portré), for violin & orchestra, Sz. 37, BB 48b (Op. 5) - Béla Bartók & Claudio Abbado (12:19)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byClaudio Abbado
    Performed byClaudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra
    1. 7 One Ideal: Andante
    2. 8 One Grotesque
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maurizio Pollini Primary Artist
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