Bartók: Kossuth; Two Portraits; Suite No. 1

Bartók: Kossuth; Two Portraits; Suite No. 1

by JoAnn Falletta


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Release Date: 09/09/2014
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313330775
catalogNumber: 573307


  1. Suite for orchestra No. 1, Sz. 31, BB 39 (Op. 3)
  2. Two Portraits (Két portré), for violin & orchestra, Sz. 37, BB 48b (Op. 5)
  3. Kossuth, symphonic poem for orchestra, Sz. 21, BB 31

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Kossuth Two Portraits & Suite 1 (Bartok / Buffalo Phil / Falletta) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lollidamaAC More than 1 year ago
When one ponders the legacy of Bela Bartok, several seminal masterpieces immediately spring to mind: Concerto For Orchestra; Bluebeard’s Castle, Music For Strings, Percussion and Celesta, The Miraculous Mandarin, to name but a few. Unlike Athena emerging fully formed from the forehead of Zeus, Bartok gradually honed his highly personal style over several decades by means of emulation, experimentation and sheer imagination. This disc represents the journeyman phase in the composer’s career. All of the works included here are meticulously worked out, technically proficient and quite appealing. Glimpses of things to come permeate the music. With the exception of the Two Portraits (especially the heart breaking #1, beautifully performed by Michael Ludwig, the departing concertmaster of the Buffalo P.O.), nothing here ignites the senses as does the mature Bartok. Nonetheless, Falletta and her orchestra do a commendable job in underscoring the sundry merits of this youthful material with taut, robust readings. Producer Tim Handley’s tight miking projects a realistic orchestral image with a surplus of detail and low frequency energy. The outstanding liner notes make very absorbing reading.