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Bartók: The Wooden Prince; Hungarian Pictures; The Miraculous Mandarin; Concerto for Orchestra / Neeme Järvi

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This is a collection of reissues from about 20 years ago. The performances of Wooden Prince and Miraculous Mandarin are of the full ballets. The much later Hungarian Pictures (1931) is full of bright colors and responds well to Jarvi's extroverted approach. The violin problem noted above is still in play. Concerto for Orchestra is the only performance here by the Scottish National Orchestra. Jarvi's approach is straightforward, squared up, detailed, and bold. It is striking. Christopher Palmer's notes are fascinating and detailed.

This '241' rerelease brings together the best performances by Neeme Järvi of the music by Bartók, taken from his extraordinarily prolific recording career with Chandos Records. The four works span the composer's career and include some of the greatest music Bartók ever wrote.


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