BARTOK

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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.

 

SKU: SIGCD466

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

Philharmonia Orchestra • Philharmonia Voices
 
Yefim Bronfman • Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay • Mark van de Wiel
 
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Release date:2nd Sep 2016
Order code:SIGCD466
Barcode: 635212046623

  1. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: Introduction – A Bustling City Street – Bel? Bart?k – 3:29
  2. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: 1st Decoy Game – Bel? Bart?k – 3:39
  3. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: 2nd Decoy Game – Bel? Bart?k – 3:21
  4. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: 3rd Decoy Game – Bel? Bart?k – 1:39
  5. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Mandarin Enters ? – Bel? Bart?k – 7:25
  6. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Girl Sinks Down ? – Bel? Bart?k – 2:16
  7. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Tramps Leap Out ? – Bel? Bart?k – 2:32
  8. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: Suddenly the Mandarin’s Head Appears Between the Pillows – Bel? Bart?k – 3:15
  9. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Terrified Tramps Discuss How They Are to Get Rid of the Mandarin – Bel? Bart?k – 2:04
  10. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Body of the Mandarin Begins to Glow – Bel? Bart?k – 1:49
  11. The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73: The Mandarin Falls on the Floor – Bel? Bart?k – 2:33
  12. Dance Suite, Sz. 77: I. Moderato – Bel? Bart?k – 3:35
  13. Dance Suite, Sz. 77: II. Allegro molto – Bel? Bart?k – 2:19
  14. Dance Suite, Sz. 77: III. Allegro vivace – Bel? Bart?k – 3:07
  15. Dance Suite, Sz. 77: IV. Molto tranquillo – Bel? Bart?k – 3:27
  16. Dance Suite, Sz. 77: V. Commodo ? Finale – Bel? Bart?k – 5:00
  17. Contrasts, Sz. 111: I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance) – Bel? Bart?k – 5:30
  18. Contrasts, Sz. 111: II. Pihen? (Relaxation) – Bel? Bart?k – 4:39
  19. Contrasts, Sz. 111: III. Sebes (Fast Dance) – Bel? Bart?k – 6:50