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Grand Prix - Bartók: Piano Concertos no 1 and 2

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
>Bartók, Béla : Portraits (2) for violin and orchestra, Op. 5/Sz 37
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Notes & Reviews:

"Want to know what the two smartest musicians in Italy think of Bartok's first two Piano Concertos? Try this disc. With Maurizio Pollini at the piano and Claudio Abbado on the podium, the Hungarian modernist's Concertos have never sounded so brilliant. Recorded in transparent stereo for Deutsche Grammophon in 1977, Pollini and Abbado's Bartok with the Chicago Symphony is searingly translucent in orchestrations that favor the winds, brass and percussion over the strings and piano writing that encourages shock and awe virtuosity. But at the core of Pollini and Abbado's wholly unified interpretations is their essential musicality, and no matter how intellectual their performances, they always dance in their opening movements, sing in their central movements, and get deep down in the groove in their closing movements." -All Music

BBC Music Magazine
Bartók and Pollini were made for one another - the bite and energy and odd restraint of these masterworks is ideally caught. Mintz does full justice to the Two Portraits.

Penguin Guide
An exuberant partnership between two of the most distinguished Italian musicians of the day



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>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 23 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1926-1929

>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 27 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1930-1931

>Bartók, Béla : Portraits (2) for violin and orchestra, Op. 5/Sz 37
  • Performer: Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907-1911