- Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 127
- Concerto for 2 pianos, percussion & orchestra, Sz. 115, BB 121
- Romanian Folk Dances (7) (Román népi táncok), for orchestra, Sz. 68, BB 76
Sakari Oramo's Bartók is like a completed jigsaw where you know there are joins but can't actually spot any. There's such an audible line to everything.... Oramo is...a fine guide [in the Concerto for Orchestra], and you're unlikely to leave this CD without knowing at least something about the music that you didn't know before.
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Sakari Oramo is becoming a conductor to watch. Though widely acclaimed in Finland he is known in this country mainly through his high quality, carefully programmed, innovative recordings - and this all-Bartók program is a fine example of his creativity. Oramo conducts the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a meticulously crafted, transparent reading of the brilliant 'Concerto for Orchestra', a work widely represented in the recorded literature. Oramo favors tempi a bit slower than most conductors and in doing so he reveals all of the inner voices of the orchestra as Bartók meant them to be heard: this IS a concerto for orchestra and Oramo assures every instrument its role. It is a gleaming performance. Less well known is Bartók's 'Concerto for 2 pianos, percussion & orchestra' and hearing this performance makes one wonder why it is not more often heard. Bartók uses the pianos as percussive instruments and pairs them with other percussive partners in a way that broadens the spectrum of sound in a most satisfying way. The fine instrumental soloists here are Lassi Erkkilä, Timothy Ferchen, Paavali Jumppanen and Heini Kärkkäinen. Oramo again provides intricately fine collaboration between orchestra and soloists for this sparkling work. Rounding out the program are Bartók's seven 'Roumanian Folk Dances' and they have rarely been played with such joyful exhilarating style. This is a fine recording with superb acoustics. Recommended for all fans of Bartók's music and as a fine introduction to those not completely familiar with the many flavors of his output! Grady Harp