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Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin / Hungarian Peasant Dances / Romanian Folk Songs

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  • Orchestra: Hungarian Radio Chorus, Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Composer: Béla Bartók
  • Audio CD (5 Oct 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000060AV
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Bartók: Hungarian Peasant Songs for Orchestra, Sz.100 - BalladeBudapest Festival Orchestra 3:07Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bartók: Hungarian Peasant Songs for Orchestra, Sz.100 - Hungarian Peasant DancesBudapest Festival Orchestra 6:21Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 1. An Evening in the VillageBudapest Festival Orchestra 3:01Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 2. Bear MelodyBudapest Festival Orchestra 1:38Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 3. MelodyBudapest Festival Orchestra 2:25Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 4. Slightly TipsyBudapest Festival Orchestra 2:08Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 5. Swineherd's DanceBudapest Festival Orchestra 2:11Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 1. Stick Dance (from Mezöszabad)Budapest Festival Orchestra 1:15Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 2. Sash Dance (from Egres)Budapest Festival Orchestra0:37Ł0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 3. In One Spot (from Egres)Budapest Festival Orchestra 1:00Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 4. Horn Dance (from Bisztra)Budapest Festival Orchestra 1:43Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 5. Roumanian Polka (from Belényes)Budapest Festival Orchestra0:30Ł0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 6. Fast Dance (from Belényes)Budapest Festival Orchestra0:15Ł0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 7. Fast Dance (from Nyágra)Budapest Festival Orchestra0:39Ł0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Bartók: Transylvanian Dances for Orchestra, Sz.96 - 1. AllegrettoBudapest Festival Orchestra 1:39Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Bartók: Transylvanian Dances for Orchestra, Sz.96 - 2. ModeratoBudapest Festival Orchestra0:41Ł0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Bartók: Transylvanian Dances for Orchestra, Sz.96 - 3. Allegro vivaceBudapest Festival Orchestra 1:59Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Bartók: Roumanian Dance for Orchestra, Sz.47aBudapest Festival Orchestra 4:30Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Allegro: IntroductionBudapest Festival Orchestra 3:12Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Moderato: First Decoy GameBudapest Festival Orchestra 3:49Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Second Decoy GameBudapest Festival Orchestra 3:19Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Sostenuto: Third Decoy GameBudapest Festival Orchestra 1:34Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Maestoso: The Mandarin EntersBudapest Festival Orchestra 6:56Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Allegro: The Girl Sinks Down to Embrace HimBudapest Festival Orchestra 2:19Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Sempre Vivo: The Tramps Leap OutBudapest Festival Orchestra 2:03Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Adagio: Suddenly the Mandarin's Head AppearsBudapest Festival Orchestra 2:50Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Agitato: Again, the Frightened Tramps Discuss How To Eliminate the MandarinBudapest Festival Orchestra 1:33Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Molto Moderato: The Body of the Mandarin Begins to Glow With a Greenish Blue LightBudapest Festival Orchestra 1:40Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Piů Mosso: The Mandarin Falls On the FloorBudapest Festival Orchestra 2:05Ł0.79  Buy MP3 


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Here are two sides of Bart&ocute;k --the composer donning nationalist costume with works based on traditional dances and songs of Hungary, Romania and Transylvania--and one of his most scorching orchestral showpieces, the ballet score, The Miraculous Mandarin. In the songs and dances Bart&ocute;k turns folk music into high art without losing any of its authentic tang, ranging from the rumbustious (the last of the Dances of Transylvania) to the poignant (the "Melody" from the Hungarian Sketches). And in the complete recording of Mandarin (there's also a suite, which is often recorded, though if you opt for this you miss some of the best bits), Iv´n Fischer and his orchestra take you on a rollercoaster ride through the thrills and spills of one of Bart&ocute;k's greatest works, a compelling tale of seduction, squalor, violence and death, depicted here in unflinching Technicolor. --Harriet Smith

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hair-raising "Mandarin" 4 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this almost by accident and it is one of my favourite discs of 20th Century music. Somehow, Bartok manages the feat of taking authentic folk melodies and making something that is effortlessly enjoyable while also being profound and sophisticated. While never losing the authentic sound of the original pieces, Bartok transforms them into haunting and wonderfully personal utterances. Even the tiny fragmentary Roumanian Dances will stay with you for hours after hearing them. (Especially?)
On the other hand, here is a performance of the full score of the hugely disturbing "Miraculous Mandarin" that is completely "cut loose" in its response to the fantastic orchestration of the most lurid scenario imaginable. It ought to be unbearable but Fischer's Budapest forces are so "inside" this marvellous music that they make its violence totally compelling and generate shimmering sonorities of extraordinary beauty. You feel that the conductor and orchestra fully identify with every aspect of Bartok's musical language. The word "idiomatic" hardly begins to describe it. The Phillips engineers manage to capture all this in an atmospheric but crystalline acoustic.
You certainly want the full score of the Mandarin, rather than the suite, and this version is head and shoulders above any other that I have heard in both performance and recording. I cannot imagine performances that could possibly better those on this incredible disc.

Just to add that BBC Radio 3's CD Review has just selected this as the best available recording as of November 2008.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Mandarin 6 Feb 2009
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This simply the best performance I have heard of one of Bartoks greatest works. The technical difficulties of the piece are never evident, and the benefit of having the complete work, albeit less than 10 minutes longer than the "Suite" is incalculable, the closing minutes are key to what has gone before. The recording is also clear and well balanced

I am not so sure about the fill ups. Yes Bartok's many straight folk based dances are interesting and enjoyable but this is a bit too much of a good thing if you listen to the CD from begining to end non stop. I would have preferred the Dance Suite instead of a couple of these suites

But if you want the ballet, and it should be in every music lovers collection, this the version to go for
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not terrifying --- Lacks bite. 15 May 2013
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There's no reason The Miraculous Mandarin should be cosseted like this. Where's the anger? The cruelty? The fury? Where's the sense of homicidal zombies mutilating and chilling up another cadaver? This MM version is orchestral colours, rather than savagery.

The brutality needed for this score is on display in the hair raising orchestral performance of Korngold's DIE TODTE STADT on the Bel Air DVD (Koenig is the conductor). The Magnificent Mandarin deserves this kind of full throttle on CD. My search to find this done for MM has just begun. This CD is too laid back and tame.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb perfomances of rare Bartok and a great ballet 1 April 2000
By Greg Hales - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This Bartok album from conductor Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra is a real treat. It brings wonderful performances of Bartok not often recorded...even Boulez hasn't recorded some of these pieces in his Bartok survery.
In addition to the colorfully, zesty performances of these rare Bartok gems, this dics has (to my mind) the best performance of the Complete Mircaculous Mandarin Ballet out on CD. The orchestra and conduct go for color and refinement rather than sheer power. The opening bristles with excitement, and the chase shows the orchestra in fine form at a tempo that is daringly fast. In this case it works. It is clear that conductor and orchestra are very much home in these works of Bartok. For a complete Mandarin I would say that this is now first choice...even over the excellant Boulez version for DG. The playing in this ballet is some of the best I've heard (only the Berlin Philharmonic in their recording of the suite...not complete ballet...plays better).
Perhaps until the BPO makes a complete recording with Abbado or Rattle...this is the Mandarin to get I would say.
Strong recommendation.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive "Miraculous Mandarin" and Other Great Bartok 1 May 2001
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having just heard this recording in its entirety, I'm not surprised that Ivan Fischer is a sought after guest conductor for some of the world's great orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic. Here he conducts Bartok with much warmth and compassion. I thought Abbado's version of "Miraculous Mandarin" was superb until I heard Fischer's. Although the Budapest Festival Orchestra's level of playing isn't as refined as either the London Symphony Orchestra's or Berlin Philharmonic's, they perform Bartok's music with tremendous energy and compassion. It's a pleasure hearing rarely performed Bartok in conjunction with the entire score of "Miraculous Mandarin". If you want a first-rate introduction to Bartok's orchestral music, you should definitely acquire this fine CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Rarely Recorded Bartok and a Great Mandarin 5 Jan 2001
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
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Ivan Fischer is a Bartok expert in the tradition of Sir Georg Solti, Fritz Reiner and Antal Dorati. Like the former conductors, he has insights into the music of his countrymen that give his performances the force of authority. The recording of the Miraculous Mandarin was the initial offering by Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra and has been followed up with other equally significant recordings of Bartok and Kodaly.
With this recording, Fischer has given us some Bartok that is not recorded with much frequency, particularly the Hungarian Peasant Songs and the Dances of Transylvania. These short orchestral works were inspired from Bartok's folk song collecting trips. They are central to Bartok's development as a composer, and we are lucky that so many of these short pieces have been collected here.
The recording of the Miraculous Mandarin is superbly done, bringing out the hard edge of this ballet about a group of thugs who force a woman to lure their victims to them. Bartok found the scenario for this work printed in a magazine. The music has a hard edge to it, a gritty depiction of the events of the ballet. Bartok makes effective use of the orchestra in the hesitation of the girl, at first, to seduce men to be robbed. The mandarin's appearance, his pursuit of the girl and his eerie death are given force by the dissonant themes Bartok juxtaposes.
Ivan Fischer gives the score a great reading that will be almost impossible to beat. Even if you already have a copy of the Miraculous Mandarin you will also want to own this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A less horrific Miraculous Mandarin, along with many energetic dances 5 July 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD contains a set of short Hungarian songs, but everything else is about the dance. Bartok was not just a collector of folk songs with Kodaly but an expert in dance traditions throughout the Balkans. He extended his curiosity into the Arab world of North Africa, as one can hear in the popular Dance Suite. Here we get 16 lesser-known dance collections from Romania, Transylvania, and Hungary, Mostly quite brief, they build from a fascinating palette of rhythms, each more exotically syncopated than the last. Fischer and his Budapest orchestra perform them with complete ease and native flavor.

Even without the fillers, however, the main work is superbly done. The Miraculous Mandarin ballet has been called Bartok's response to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. But superficial resemblances aside in terms of motor rhythms and dissonant harmonies, the Mandarin is a more shocking, horrific scenario, featuring sexual craving, torture, despair, and a suicide by hanging. Most condcutors set out to maximize the shock value of this often barbaric-sounding music, but Fischer is comparatively less aggressive. He loosens the tension a notch, letting the rhythms become more lilting--even comic in their macabre way--and asking the woodwinds to sing as much as screech. As a result, we don't feel quite so assaulted, and for me that led to more enjoyment. He is aided by exceptionally clear, natural sonics from Philips that convey the music with wonderful impact.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Must Hear This Music 27 Nov 2007
By Samuel Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to describe this music without sounding tacky, but one of the descriptives that comes to mind for it is: Acerbic.

Bartok's music may not be an "immediate" as other composers, but there is no denying after one or two familiarizing listens -- his music really flexes powerfully. It's also kinda creepy. After all the orchestral tension, who would have predicted the rising wail of a chorus in the Miraculous Mandarin, brief as it may be? Bartok's music is full of surprises. Probably the most enjoyable on this CD is the Miraculous Mandarin. Obviously that's the meat. And it presents some of the finest orchestral playing I've heard in a long time. All the performers are in their element, and Bartok's music can shine clearly without the marring of bad playing or bad interpretational decisions. The other particularly enjoyable work is the Romanian Folk Dances.

All this music is good, and the performances are at the very top. You can't--and shouldn't--miss out on this.
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