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.

Ferocious savagery that Salonen uncorks…suggesting a lacerating whip – The Times

I was drawn in by the cool ferocity and steadfast virtuosity of these performances – The Guardian

 iTUNES  Spotify

Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Voices

Yefim Bronfman

Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay

Mark van de Wiel

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

RELEASE DATE: 02/09/2016
BARCODE: 635212046623

The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73

1. Introduction – A Bustling City Street

2. 1st Decoy Game

3. 2nd Decoy Game

4. 3rd Decoy Game

5. The Mandarin Enters …

6. The Girl Sinks Down …

7. The Tramps Leap Out …

8. Suddenly the Mandarin’s Head Appears Between the Pillows

9. The Terrified Tramps Discuss How They Are to Get Rid of the Mandarin

10. The Body of the Mandarin Begins to Glow

11. The Mandarin Falls on the Floor

Dance Suite, Sz. 77

11. I. Moderato

12. II. Allegro molto

13. III. Allegro vivace

14. IV. Molto tranquillo

15. V. Commodo – Finale

Contrasts, Sz. 111

16. I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)

17. II. Pihenő (Relaxation)

18. III. Sebes (Fast Dance)

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