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The Miraculous Mandardin, Dance Suite & ContrastsEsa-Pekka Salonen
Recorded as part of their critically praised ‘Infernal Dance’ season, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen explore three contrasting works by Bela Bartok – the chamber piece Contrasts, and the orchestral works Dance Suite and The Miraculous Mandarin.
Contrasts is one of Bela Bartok’s most imaginative forays into the world of chamber music. His only chamber work involving a woodwind instrument (for Piano, Clarinet and Violin), Contrasts originated in a commission from the American ‘King of Swing’, Benny Goodman.
Composed to mark the 50th anniversary of Budapest in 1923, Bartok’s Dance Suite is a rhapsodic collection of folk inspired tunes that marked a sonorous change in direction from the composer’s more dissonant works up to that point.
The ballet-pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin is raw, dangerous, exotic and elemental: using the rarely performed full ballet score it is frenzied music, percussive, sensuous and violent, telling a shocking story of desire and death.
What people are saying
"Ferocious savagery that Salonen uncorks...suggesting a lacerating whip."The Times, August 2016
"I was drawn in by the cool ferocity and steadfast virtuosity of these performances." The Guardian, August 2016
Release date: 2nd Sep 2016
Order code: SIGCD466
|1.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: Introduction - A Bustling City Street||BelÓ Bartˇk||3:29|
|2.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: 1st Decoy Game||BelÓ Bartˇk||3:39|
|3.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: 2nd Decoy Game||BelÓ Bartˇk||3:21|
|4.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: 3rd Decoy Game||BelÓ Bartˇk||1:39|
|5.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Mandarin Enters ?||BelÓ Bartˇk||7:25|
|6.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Girl Sinks Down ?||BelÓ Bartˇk||2:16|
|7.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Tramps Leap Out ?||BelÓ Bartˇk||2:32|
|8.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: Suddenly the Mandarin's Head Appears Between the Pillows||BelÓ Bartˇk||3:15|
|9.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Terrified Tramps Discuss How They Are to Get Rid of the Mandarin||BelÓ Bartˇk||2:04|
|10.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Body of the Mandarin Begins to Glow||BelÓ Bartˇk||1:49|
|11.||The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Mandarin Falls on the Floor||BelÓ Bartˇk||2:33|
|12.||Dance Suite, Sz. 77: I. Moderato||BelÓ Bartˇk||3:35|
|13.||Dance Suite, Sz. 77: II. Allegro molto||BelÓ Bartˇk||2:19|
|14.||Dance Suite, Sz. 77: III. Allegro vivace||BelÓ Bartˇk||3:07|
|15.||Dance Suite, Sz. 77: IV. Molto tranquillo||BelÓ Bartˇk||3:27|
|16.||Dance Suite, Sz. 77: V. Commodo ? Finale||BelÓ Bartˇk||5:00|
|17.||Contrasts, Sz. 111: I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)||BelÓ Bartˇk||5:30|
|18.||Contrasts, Sz. 111: II. Pihen? (Relaxation)||BelÓ Bartˇk||4:39|
|19.||Contrasts, Sz. 111: III. Sebes (Fast Dance)||BelÓ Bartˇk||6:50|