- Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 127 - Béla Bartók - Boston Symphony Orchestra - Seiji Ozawa - Jan Martin Wilschut - Tom Dolan
- The Miraculous Mandarin, pantomime in 1 act, Sz. 73, BB 82 (Op. 19) - Béla Bartók - Boston Symphony Orchestra - Seiji Ozawa - Tanglewood Festival Chorus - Jan Martin Wilschut - Tom Dolan
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- Newton Classics
Performance CreditsSeiji Ozawa Primary Artist
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Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This CD is a re-release of a 1995 Philips Classics disc. Newton Classics digs into Universal Classics' rich backcatalog, and makes many out-of-print recordings available again domestically. This live recording (the Concerto begins with applause, but there is no indication of audience presence in the 'Mandarin') offers two of Bartók's greatest works, the ballet 'The Miraculous Mandarin' (complete), and the Concerto for Orchestra. Many reviewers will tell you that the essential recording of the Concerto is the Fritz Reiner disc with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and although that album has been re-released in hybrid SACD format to improve sound quality, the recording is from 1950s, and shows limitations from the source tape on certain sound systems. I realize the focus should rest on the performance, but some listeners may have a problem with the sound quality. For a digital recording, this is a fine CD. Ozawa brings passion to the 'Mandarin', and could easily be considered one of the best available. The Concerto has bright flutes, and the strings are warm and full of presence. Brass is a bit too forward, but not overpowering. Overall, a good choice and an excellent coupling.