Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, etc.

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Fritz Reiner's friendship with Béla Bartók must be considered an important factor in the creation of these legendary recordings. Koussevitsky's famous commission for the "Concerto for orchestra" was due in large part to Reiner's advocacy, and he was among the first conductors to both perform and record this masterpiece. Beyond this, Reiner's great sympathy for his friend's work extends to the care and attention to detail he gave to the works included here. For all its virtuosity, the concerto is structurally symphonic, and Reiner ensures that the music formally coheres. He goes under the dazzling surface to touch the tragic core of the work and draws a deeply moving ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Fritz Reiner's friendship with Béla Bartók must be considered an important factor in the creation of these legendary recordings. Koussevitsky's famous commission for the "Concerto for orchestra" was due in large part to Reiner's advocacy, and he was among the first conductors to both perform and record this masterpiece. Beyond this, Reiner's great sympathy for his friend's work extends to the care and attention to detail he gave to the works included here. For all its virtuosity, the concerto is structurally symphonic, and Reiner ensures that the music formally coheres. He goes under the dazzling surface to touch the tragic core of the work and draws a deeply moving performance from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The "Music for strings, percussion, and celesta" is even more splendidly performed and recorded, and is arguably the finest recording Reiner ever made of Bartók's music. For intensity and precision, this performance has never been surpassed. The "Hungarian Sketches," a lighter piece than either of the preceding works, is often excluded from RCA's other reissues, but it is a delightful bonus that makes this deluxe edition the one worth having. The sound quality of the recording is generally excellent, especially with RCA's fastidious remastering.
All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Fritz Reiner's friendship with Béla Bartók must be considered an important factor in the creation of these legendary recordings. Koussevitsky's famous commission for the "Concerto for orchestra" was due in large part to Reiner's advocacy, and he was among the first conductors to both perform and record this masterpiece. Beyond this, Reiner's great sympathy for his friend's work extends to the care and attention to detail he gave to the works included here. For all its virtuosity, the concerto is structurally symphonic, and Reiner ensures that the music formally coheres. He goes under the dazzling surface to touch the tragic core of the work and draws a deeply moving performance from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The "Music for strings, percussion, and celesta" is even more splendidly performed and recorded, and is arguably the finest recording Reiner ever made of Bartók's music. For intensity and precision, this performance has never been surpassed. The "Hungarian Sketches," a lighter piece than either of the preceding works, is often excluded from RCA's other reissues, but it is a delightful bonus that makes this deluxe edition the one worth having. The sound quality of the recording is generally excellent, especially with RCA's fastidious remastering.
Gramophone
RCA's sound reportage of the [Concerto's] quieter moments has uncanny realism and if the climaxes are occasionally reined in, the sheer fervour of Reiner's direction more than compensates.... The couplings, too, are excellent: a Music for strings, percussion and celesta that goes all out for smooth transitions and fleet execution, and a stylishly turned set of Hungarian Sketches.
Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
The sound approaches demonstration standard in its spacious warmth, clarity and impact. The performance is most satisfying, with plenty of cutting edge.

RCA's sound reportage of the [Concerto's] quieter moments has uncanny realism and if the climaxes are occasionally reined in, the sheer fervour of Reiner's direction more than compensates.... The couplings, too, are excellent: a Music for strings, percussion and celesta that goes all out for smooth transitions and fleet execution, and a stylishly turned set of Hungarian Sketches.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/1993
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266150427
  • Catalog Number: 61504
  • Sales rank: 12,430

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 127 - Béla Bartók & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (37:23)
  2. 6–9 Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, BB 114 - Béla Bartók & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (28:04)
  3. 10–14 Hungarian Sketches (Magyar képek), for orchestra, Sz. 97, BB 103 - Béla Bartók & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (10:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fritz Reiner Conductor, Primary Artist
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