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Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite No. 2 (2021)

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Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite No. 2 (2021)

Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite No. 2 & Hungarian Peasant Songs (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 72:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Onyx Classics | # ONYX 4213 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

Bartók composed The Miraculous Mandarin (published as ‘A Pantomime in One Act’) at a time of violent unrest in Hungary. The unpleasant Soviet Hungarian Republic had collapsed in 1919 and was replaced by an ultra nationalist regime which persecuted communists, Jews and leftists, and left over 1,500 dead and thousands imprisoned without trial. It is against this bloody political and social backdrop that the composer, recovering from Spanish Flu, set about a musical depiction of Lengyel’s ‘pantomime grotesque’.

Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Béla Bartók: Suite No. 1 & Concerto for Orchestra (2019)

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Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Béla Bartók: Suite No. 1 & Concerto for Orchestra (2019)

Thomas Dausgaard, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Béla Bartók: Suite No. 1 & Concerto for Orchestra (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 77:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Onyx | # ONYX 4210 | Recorded: 2019

Commencing a series on Onyx dedicated to the orchestral music of Béla Bartók, Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra deliver dynamic performances of one of the composer's greatest works, the Concerto for Orchestra, SZ 116, accompanied by the less famous but deserving Suite No. 1, SZ 31, presented here without cuts. Because the Concerto for Orchestra is widely performed and recorded, listeners are likely to know it well, so Dausgaard's decision to open with the Suite No. 1 gives it a prominence that it rarely receives. Both works have parallels that are important to note, primarily the five-movement form and the quasi-symphonic internal structures that Bartók might have employed had he written an official symphony.

Piers Lane, Goldner String Quartet - Bartók & Korngold: Piano Quintets (2020)

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Piers Lane, Goldner String Quartet - Bartók & Korngold: Piano Quintets (2020)

Piers Lane, Goldner String Quartet - Bartók & Korngold: Piano Quintets (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 73:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68329 | Recorded: 2018

Youthful piano quintets from Korngold the arch-Romantic and Bartók in his pre-modernist vein make a fascinating comparison. This album offers a snapshot of early twentieth-century Austro-Hungarian chamber music as represented by two of its most individual voices.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 1 (2021)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 1 (2021)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 1 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 694 Mb | Total time: 02:59:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 9948 | Recorded: 1982-2018

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2022, we present their complete recordings on DG. The intriguing sound culture of Orpheus, especially of the string section, is often explained as a result of the cooperative mindset of the orchestra and its artistic process of rehearsing.

Thomas Zehetmair, Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Bela Bartok: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1995)

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Thomas Zehetmair, Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Bela Bartok: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1995)

Béla Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1995)
Thomas Zehetmair, violin; Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb | Time: 00:56:58
Genre: Classical | Label: Berlin Classics/Edel | # 0115292

Neither too nationalist nor too internationalist, this 1995 recording of Béla Bartók's two violin concertos featuring Thomas Zehetmair with Ivan Fischer leading the Budapest Festival Orchestra is just right. Austrian-born Zehetmair has a fabulous technique, a warm but focused tone, and lively sense of rhythm, all of which make him an ideal Bartók player. His interpretations are less about showing off then about digging in, and his performances are more about the music than they are about the musician. Hungarian conductor Fischer and his Hungarian orchestra are not only up for the music in a technical sense, they are also down with the music in an emotional sense, and their accompaniments ground Zehetmair's coolly flamboyant performances. Captured in white-hot sound that is almost too vivid for its own good, these performances deserve to stand among the finest ever recorded.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 10 [6CDs] (2016)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 10 [6CDs] (2016)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 10 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,19 Gb | Total time: 05:02:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875173752 | Recorded: 1991-2015

Nikolaus Harnoncourt The Complete Sony Recordings brings together for the first time Harnoncourt s complete recordings from 2002-2015 with his Concentus Musicus Wien, the Wiener Philharmonike, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks. The Sony Classical edition features his famous symphony recordings of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Bruckner, alongside his celebrated performances of great choral works such as the Verdi, Brahms and Mozart Requiems and Haydn's Die Schöpfung, as well as Mozart's opera Zaide, Haydn's Orlando paladino and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Also included are previously authorized but unreleased recordings of J. S. Bach s Cantatas Nos. 26 & 36, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge and Dvorák's Stabat Mater.

Frank Peter Zimmermann, Jakub Hrůša, Bamberger Symphoniker - Martinů: Violin Concertos; Bartók: Solo Sonata (2020)

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Frank Peter Zimmermann, Jakub Hrůša, Bamberger Symphoniker - Martinů: Violin Concertos; Bartók: Solo Sonata (2020)

Frank Peter Zimmermann, Jakub Hrůša, Bamberger Symphoniker - Martinů: Violin Concertos; Bartók: Solo Sonata (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 319 Mb | Total time: 74:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-SACD-2457 | Recorded: 2018-2020

Frank Peter Zimmermann, one of today’s most highly regarded violinists, here performs works by two Central European composers that also exemplify various currents in classical music during the period 1920-1950. Although it only received its first performance in 1973, Bohuslav Martinů’s Violin Concerto No. 1 had been composed 40 years earlier in the neo-classical idiom championed by Stravinsky. In contrast, the composer’s Second Violin Concerto (1943) is written in a more lyrical vein, partly to suit the playing style of Mischa Elman, the violinist who commissioned it. In both works Zimmermann is partnered by Bamberger Symphoniker under the orchestra’s chief conductor Jakub Hrůša, one of the leading Martinů conductors of today.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta, Camerata Bern - Plaisirs Illuminés (2020)

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta, Camerata Bern - Plaisirs Illuminés (2020)

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sol Gabetta, Camerata Bern - Plaisirs Illuminés (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 74:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 580 | Recorded: 2019

This recording presents the double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra of the Spanish composer Francisco Coll, born in 1985. Les Plaisirs Illuminés, a title inspired by Dalí’s painting of the same name, is rooted in Spanish traditions, including flamenco, yet is resolutely modern: ‘Its music is very lively rhythmically, it dances and sings – but at the same time it is very abrupt, always in search of extremes’, says Patricia Kopatchinskaja. For this world premiere conducted by the composer, she is reunited with a longstanding partner who pursues an equally brilliant international career, the cellist Sol Gabetta.

Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Béla Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle (2021)

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Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Béla Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle (2021)

Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Béla Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 251 Mb | Total time: 60:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-2388 SACD | Recorded: 2020

Composed in 1911, Bluebeard’s Castle is Béla Bartók’s only opera – a radical masterpiece which has secured a place alongside the other innovative music dramas of the same period, from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande to Berg’s Wozzeck. Planning to write a one-act opera, Bartók settled on a libretto by Béla Balázs with the kind of surreal and/or macabre themes that would soon feature in his two ballets, The Wooden Prince and The Miraculous Mandarin. The main source for the libretto text was a play by Maeterlinck, a retelling of Perrault’s gruesome tale of Barbe-Bleue, the sinister yet strangely seductive wife-killer.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 11: Honegger, Fothner, Blacher, Berlioz, Verdi & others (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 11: Honegger, Fothner, Blacher, Berlioz, Verdi & others (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 11: Honegger, Fortner, Blacher, Berlioz, Verdi & others (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.03 Gb | Total time: 13:52:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene.

Andreas Haefliger, Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Ammann, Ravel, Bartók: Piano Concertos (2020)

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Andreas Haefliger, Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Ammann, Ravel, Bartók: Piano Concertos (2020)

Andreas Haefliger, Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Ammann, Ravel, Bartók: Piano Concertos (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 75:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-SACD-2310 | Recorded: 2019

When Andreas Haefliger conceived this unusual combination of concertos it was with the aim of putting into perspective three pieces, each a unique and highly expressive highlight from the composers’ output. That Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand and Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto fulfilled the requirements was a given: towards the end of his life Bartók wrote his most lyrically expressive concerto while Ravel, inspired by the qualities of the left hand register, wrote a piece full of dark yearning and grotesquely fauvistic dances.

Antal Doráti, Detroit Symphony Orchestra - Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta (1985)

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Antal Doráti, Detroit Symphony Orchestra - Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta (1985)

Antal Doráti, Detroit Symphony Orchestra - Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 278 Mb | Total time: 60:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca ‎| 411 894-2 | Recorded: 1983

Bela Bartok was indisputably one of the 20th century's greatest composers; and his very modern approach, leavened with the rhythms of his native Hungary's folk music, are to be found on this recording that pairs his complete 1924 ballet "The Miraculous Mandarin" with his 1936 "Music For Strings, Percussion, & Celesta."

Quatuor Diotima - Béla Bartók: Complete String Quartets (2019)

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Quatuor Diotima - Béla Bartók: Complete String Quartets (2019)

Quatuor Diotima - Béla Bartók: Complete String Quartets (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 682 Mb | Total time: 164:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Näive ‎| # V5452 | Recorded: 2018

This new set on the revived Näive label comes from the Quatuor Diotima, long-associated with thorny contemporary repertoire. They're marvellous here, forensically accurate but never driving the music too hard…An outstanding achievement then, and a library choice. These quartets aren't always easy listening, but they contain some of the last century's most profound and emotionally affecting music. If you've not heard them before, start here.

Tamara Stefanovich - Influences: Ives, Bartok, Messiaen, Bach (2019)

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Tamara Stefanovich - Influences: Ives, Bartok, Messiaen, Bach (2019)

Tamara Stefanovich - Influences: Ives, Bartok, Messiaen, Bach (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 79:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone ‎| # PTC5186741 | Recorded: 2018

On her first Pentatone album, pianist Tamara Stefanovich presents a highly personal selection of solo works by Bach, Bartók, Ives and Messiaen. Influences shows how these extraordinarily original and idiosyncratic composers let themselves be inspired by the exterior world, thereby demonstrating how authenticity comes from looking outside as well as inside. The repertoire spans from Bach's embrace of Italian musical elements in his Aria variata alla maniera italiana, Bartók's incorporation of folk elements in his Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, and Messiaen's use of Hindu rhythms in Cantéyodjayâ to the collage of marching bands, sounds of trains and machinery, church hymns, ragtime and blues in Ives' first piano sonata.

Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Béla Bartók: The Wooden Prince; The Miraculous Mandarin Suite (2019)

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Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Béla Bartók: The Wooden Prince; The Miraculous Mandarin Suite (2019)

Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Béla Bartók: The Wooden Prince; The Miraculous Mandarin Suite (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 73:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2328 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

The Wooden Prince and The Miraculous Mandarin are – together with the earlier opera Bluebeard’s Castle – the only stage works by Béla Bartók. They stand apart from the more abstract and often more explicitly folk-related character of the music that we primarily associate with the composer. They are nevertheless major achievements that in different ways highlight Bartók’s imaginative use of the modern orchestra. Set in an enchanted forest, The Wooden Prince is based on a fairytale-like libretto featuring a prince and princess.