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20th-Century Portraits: Falla, Stravinsky, Bartók

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
Maazel secures astonishing orchestral brilliance and panache, but with a dislikeable, hard-edged relentlessness. Bartok's rarely heard Two Pictures emerge best.

Gramophone Magazine (Falla)
A good orchestra, with excellent players and admirable cohesion, plenty of imagination, warm recording; and by far the best singer this ballet has yet had on disc. Grace Bumbry has not only a rich, well-managed voice but a true understanding of the style [El amor brujo]; exuberance of spirit, splendid playing, with great finesse of tonal gradations and first rate attack in the farruca; excellent balance [El sombrero de tres picos].

Gramophone Magazine (Stravinsky)
There is some bewitching playing here ... in the kaleidoscopic, entrancing Song of the Nightingale. The recording could hardly be bettered.

Gramophone Magazine (Bartók)
Plenty of atmosphere and good perspective. Detail is well defined and there is a wide frequency response ... As a recording the work has never been better served [... ] a Bartók performance which has warmth as well as bite ... the DG sound for the whole record is as full and brilliant as one could want.


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