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Bartok: Four 4 Orchestral Pieces; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta; Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin / Gardner

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73
>Bartók, Béla : Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106
>Bartók, Béla : Pieces (4) for Orchestra, Op. 12/Sz 51
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Edward Gardner and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform three great orchestral works by Bela Bartók. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is a highly atmospheric work and achieved wider recognition after being used in Stanley Kubrik's The Shining. Also on the disc is the Suite from Bartok's gritty ballet score The Miraculous Mandarin and Four Pieces for Orchestra.

Sunday Times, 24th November 2013
The Melbourne orchestra sounds wonderful in these works...Gardner's account [of the Four Orchestral Pieces] certainly affirms this as undue neglect. The Miraculous Mandarin ballet suite makes a sizzling beginning. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta again reveals how much searing intensity can lie in pure abstraction.

The Observer, 8th December 2013
Solo keyboard and percussion work is fresh and vigorous [in the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste)...That suppleness carries through to the Miraculous Mandarin suite, which glitters with strange orchestral colour, and to the Four Orchestral Pieces, less showy but well worth hearing.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
Gardner and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra give first-rate performances of all this music, with a real virtuoso account of the exhilarating Miraculous Mandarin Suite, in particular...the internal balance of the orchestra itself is impeccable.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
[Gardner] draws performances that pack a real punch while remaining attentive to significant detail lurking behind the top line...For me, it's the disc's highlight - but The Miraculous Mandarin in particular is an instructive listen.

MusicWeb International, 27th January 2014
The conductor is an Englishman, the increasingly impressive Edward Gardner; but it's the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra that is the real star here, along with the outstanding sound engineering team. The net result is a thrilling CD - and an enterprising one, too, in that, though two of the items are well established in the Bart=k canon.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Austr (07/21/2011-07/22/2011); Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Au (07/21/2011-07/22/2011); Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Austr (2013-03-04&2013-03-07_2013-); Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Au (2013-03-04&2013-03-07_2013-).



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (2013-03-07_2013-03-09&2013-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Pieces (4) for Orchestra, Op. 12/Sz 51
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Notes: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (07/21/2011-07/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912-1921