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  • Orchestra: Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  • Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
  • Composer: Bela Bartok
  • Audio CD (4 April 1995)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B000001GPW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.1, BB 91, Sz. 83 - 1. Allegro moderato - Allegro 9:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.1, BB 91, Sz. 83 - 2. Andante 8:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.1, BB 91, Sz. 83 - 3. Allegro molto 7:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.2, BB 101, Sz. 95 - 1. Allegro 9:59Album Only
  5. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.2, BB 101, Sz. 95 - 2. Adagio - Più adagio - Presto12:19Album Only
  6. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.2, BB 101, Sz. 95 - 3. Allegro molto 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119 - 1. Allegretto 7:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119 - 2. Adagio religioso10:16Album Only
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By bossa_nova on 23 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Marvellous music - the Second Concerto must surely be the most exciting concert work of the 20th century, and it gets a cracking performance here. Anda and Fricsay were the leading advocates of their countryman's concerti in the years after the war, giving about 60 performances of the Second alone. This is a digital remastering of their classic 1960 recordings. The Third Concerto is Bartok's farewell to the world - it is a great work with an Appolonian grace and poise, and Anda's performance has long been a favourite of mine. Both Anda and Fricsay died young, and this reissue is very welcome.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mike the wizard on 25 Aug. 2006
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If your view of Geza Anda as a pianist has been coloured by his pioneering but uneven cycle of the Mozart concertos, then this disc will be a revelation. The partnership with Fricsay clearly drew sparks from both, and there is a sense of electricity and danger about the fast movements which shows they were completely at one in this fascinating music. The slow movements reveal a dark, longing quality which reflects the call of their Hungarian homeland for composer, conductor and soloist alike. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A listener and reader on 15 Sept. 2008
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These performances are totally idiomatic and natural but are also obviously very carefully prepared. The recording is astounding for its age, allowing us to hear the texture of these extraordinary works fully. I haven't heard many alternatives but the Anda/Fricsay abounds in sheer character and personality in comparison to say the Donohoe/Rattle set, which is also beautifully done. Along with Reiner's Bartok this is right at the top of the stereo recommendations for orchestral Bartok.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher Harris VINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2012
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I have just bought a new hifi and have been listening to all my old CDs. This morning I thought to myself "The Anda Bartok" and I put it on. What a wonderful rediscovery of absolutely classic performances. I originally had these versions on vinyl (and can still recall the LP cover) and they were great then and they are great now. Ok the recordings are not perhaps as good as you might get from top flight modern versions (I find the string tone a bit thin) but the musicality is supreme. Anda's 3rd is my desert island disk, ie the one I would save, but the other concertos are wonderful too.

If you only have one version of these works this is the one to have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Aug. 2014
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In the early 1960s, when these performances were set down, Bartók’s music was much less regularly heard than today; it was just over 15 years since his death. Geza Anda, 1921-76, and Ferenc Fricsay, 1914-63, were both born in Budapest and did much to promote the composer’s works for piano and orchestra, playing them repeatedly after a concert in 1952 when their audience demanded a repeat of the final movement of the Second Concerto.

The three concertos were completed in 1926, 1930-31 and 1945, and are heard here in recordings from 1960 [Numbers 2 and 3] and 1961 [Number 1]. The orchestra is the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, formerly the RIAS Symphony Orchestra. Fricsay was the principal conductor of this orchestra from 1948 until his untimely death and it was the one with which he preferred to record Bartók.
The sound in these transfers is very good and the performances certainly live up to the claim ‘Legendary Performances from the Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue’.

The First Concerto is uncompromising in its modernism with the timpani and other percussion instruments placed close to the soloist. This is, like the other two works, a performance by a soloist steeped in the music and accompanied by a conductor and orchestra on the top of their form. The overall balance is excellent.

The energy and attention to detail is heard again in the Second Concerto, with the musical relationship between the first and final movements, the strings being absent in the former, being precisely delineated without being too studied. Anda makes the music sound almost simple as he deals with the composer’s rhythmic and harmonic complexities.
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