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Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin (Complete Ballet); Dance Suite; Hungarian Pictures [CD]

Béla Bartók , Marin Alsop , Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra , Bournemouth Symphony Chorus Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Composer: Béla Bartók
  • Audio CD (28 Mar 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0007XHL02
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: Opening - The girl and three tramps 3:15£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: First seduction game: the shabby old rake 3:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: Second seduction game: the young student 3:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: Third seduction game 1:38£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: The Mandarin enters and remains immobile in the doorway 2:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: The girl begins a hesitant dance? 5:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: The Mandarin stumbles - the chase becomes even more passionate0:40£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: The three tramps leap out, seize the Mandarin and tear him away from the girl 2:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: Suddenly the Mandarin's head appears between the pillows and he looks longingly at the girl 3:20£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: The terrified tramps discuss how they are to get rid of the Mandarin 1:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: The body of the Mandarin begins to glow with a greenish blue light 1:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82: She resists no longer - they embrace 2:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Dance Suite, BB 86b: I. Moderato 3:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Dance Suite, BB 86b: II. Allegro molto 2:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Dance Suite, BB 86b: III. Allegro vivace 3:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Dance Suite, BB 86b: IV. Molto tranquillo 2:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Dance Suite, BB 86b: V. Comodo - Finale 5:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103: An Evening in the Village 3:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103: Bear Dance 1:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103: Melody 2:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103: Slightly Tipsy 2:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103: Swineherd's Dance 2:17£0.69  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars NOW IT CAN BE PLAYED 12 May 2005
By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Compared with the personae of The Miraculous Mandarin, Vladimir and Estragon almost seem like high society. This strange tale, with its inconclusive ending, of the weird light that shines into a squalid little world, not even amounting to a demi-monde, was given its premiere in Cologne in 1926 and promptly stamped on by Cologne's mayor Konrad Adenauer, later famous as West Germany's steely old Chancellor in the post-war years. The story of prostitution, robbery, deception and murder can hardly have been awfully startling in inter-wars Germany one wouldn't have thought, certainly not if Brecht and Isherwood are anything to go by, which they are. We are made of stronger stuff these days, and one of the things that particularly commends this disc is that the full score of the ballet is performed. At the same time, we are also harder to shock nowadays with harsh and dissonant musical idioms. Bartok himself described the music of The Miraculous Mandarin as 'hellish'. Myself, I am anything but avant-garde in my musical taste, but the once hellish music is music that I find gripping, involving and easy to take in. Bartok has, for me, a musical 'bite' in his idiom that is clean and bracing, the sort of quality that I find in some of my other favourite 20th-century composers such as Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Britten.
The idiom progressively relaxes as this orchestral recital goes on. The Dance Suite is far less challenging than The Miraculous Mandarin, and the Hungarian Pictures less so still. I found myself very impressed by the grasp of Bartok's style (or styles) that Marin Alsop shows. The recording is not the last word in vividness, always an advantage in a Bartok score, but at a bargain price I am certainly not inclined to complain.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOW IT CAN BE PLAYED 12 May 2005
By DAVID BRYSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Compared with the personae of The Miraculous Mandarin, Vladimir and Estragon almost seem like high society. This strange tale, with its inconclusive ending, of the weird light that shines into a squalid little world, not even amounting to a demi-monde, was given its premiere in Cologne in 1926 and promptly stamped on by Cologne's mayor Konrad Adenauer, later famous as West Germany's steely old Chancellor in the post-war years. The story of prostitution, robbery, deception and murder can hardly have been awfully startling in inter-wars Germany one wouldn't have thought, certainly not if Brecht and Isherwood are anything to go by, which they are. We are made of stronger stuff these days, and one of the things that particularly commends this disc is that the full score of the ballet is performed. At the same time, we are also harder to shock nowadays with harsh and dissonant musical idioms. Bartok himself described the music of The Miraculous Mandarin as `hellish'. Myself, I am anything but avant-garde in my musical taste, but the once hellish music is music that I find gripping, involving and easy to take in. Bartok has, for me, a musical `bite' in his idiom that is clean and bracing, the sort of quality that I find in some of my other favourite 20th-century composers such as Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Britten.

The idiom progressively relaxes as this orchestral recital goes on. The Dance Suite is far less challenging than The Miraculous Mandarin, and the Hungarian Pictures less so still. I found myself very impressed by the grasp of Bartok's style (or styles) that Marin Alsop shows. The recording is not the last word in vividness, always an advantage in a Bartok score, but at a bargain price I am certainly not inclined to complain. The musical public have every reason to be grateful to Naxos and certain other budget labels for their tenacity and imagination in keeping up the supply of high-quality music that does not top any popularity charts at a time of great economic difficulty for the industry. What you will find here is a completely admirable set of performances, interpreted with style and flair, and played with professional pride. For newcomers to the composer I would say that the Dance Suite and Hungarian Pictures ought to ease you into his idiom without problems. There is no denying that The Miraculous Mandarin is music for grown-ups and for comparatively sophisticated tastes, but if you are daunted in any way by the latter all I would say is -- don't be.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well played but fairly undernourished Bartok 5 Jan 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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As much as I enjoyed reading the earlier review here, I came up with a different conclusion. I hear nothing of special distinction in Marin Alsop's Miraculous Mandarin. This is fierce, even murderous music that is customarilly played for maximum shock value (I remember covering my ears when I first heard it at a Boston Sym. concert in the Seventies), but Alsop's reading falls into rhythmic slackness during softer passages, and she tames the savagery of the score too often.

I will grant that she gets the Bournemouth Sym., a good but hardly great orchestra, to play well, and Naxos provides detailed recorded sound (which I've heard only in conventional stereo). But Boulez, Martinon, and Levine (in a live reading on Oehms from Munich) have nothing to fear. As much hype as Alsop has gained, more for reasons of sexual politics than innate talent, I found my attention wandering. By the time I got to the much easier Dance Suite, her dull, square rhythms struck me as almost amateurish, and she provides little sound-painting in the evocative Hungarian Sketches. I feel guilty writing one emperor's-new-clothes review after another about Alsop, but I've also attended a couple of her concerts, and for me the magic doesn't happen.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Performance. Sound is questionable 12 Oct 2009
By Osvaldo Colarusso - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording is one rare that uses the Mandarin's new edition . This new edition ( for Universal Edition) restores some cuts in the final part of the Ballet. The son of Bartok made the research for this new ( and more complete) edition .Only the recordings of Robertson ( Harmonia Mundi) and this one uses this complete version.I admire Mrs Alsop . She is really a first rate conductor and the orchestra plays very well this complicate score. My favorite Mandarin is the one conducted by Ivan Fischer. Sometimes I feel in Alsop some lack of violence .

Ps: the sound of the recording is very confused .
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