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Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin [Import]

Béla Bartók Audio CD

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Listen  1. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Allegro: IntroductionPierre Boulez 3:02Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Moderato: First Decoy GamePierre Boulez 3:44Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Second Decoy GamePierre Boulez 3:12Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Sostenuto: Third Decoy GamePierre Boulez 1:40Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Maestoso: The Mandarin EntersPierre Boulez 6:52Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Allegro: The Girl Sinks Down To Embrace HimPierre Boulez 2:29Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Sempre vivo: The Tramps Leap OutPierre Boulez 2:06Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Adagio: Suddenly The Mandarin's Head AppearsPierre Boulez 3:00Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Agitato: Again, The Frightened Tramps Discuss How To Eliminate The MandarinPierre Boulez 1:25Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Molto moderato: The Body Of The Mandarin Begins To Glow With A Greenish Blue LightPierre Boulez 1:47Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Piů Mosso - Vivo - She Resists No Longer, - They Embrace.Pierre Boulez 2:21Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Bartók: Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta, Sz. 106 - 1. Andante tranquilloPierre Boulez 7:55Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Bartók: Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta, Sz. 106 - 2. AllegroPierre Boulez 7:35Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Bartók: Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta, Sz. 106 - 3. AdagioPierre Boulez 7:27Ł0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Bartók: Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta, Sz. 106 - 4. Allegro moltoPierre Boulez 7:27Ł0.79  Buy MP3 


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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Bartok 5 Feb 2001
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
On this disc are two of Bartok's greatest works. The first, The Miraculous Mandarin, is one of his most violent and suggestive. It is very vivid music, painting a palpably clear orchestral picture of the sex and violence of Lengyel's scenario. This is Bartok at his best; blaring brass, screaming strings, pounding percussion. There are also many moments of extreme delicacy; the clarinet solo of the young woman seducing male passers-by, or the moment when the Mandarin's body begins to glow, heightened by a low, wordless chorus. The vivid orchestral storytelling of Mandarin is offset by one of Bartok's most abstract pieces, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. This is another Bartok masterpiece. Pierre Boulez conducts Bartok's music very well, and this is no exception. Due to the great quality of the playing, conducting, recording and the music itself, and the fact that there are so few complete Mandarins on the market, I would suggest you pick this one up as soon as possible.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Beautiful 5 April 2003
By Joseph Kimsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In response to one of the reviews posted here, I must disagree with the statement that Boulez's conducting makes these works "cynical, pedantic and profoundly ugly." But then, I've never heard the Leonard Bernstein version of The Miraculous Mandarin, so he may have a point (please note sarcasm).
These pieces are conducted in a very unromantic style that suits these works well in particular, and Bartok's entire output in general. There's nothing conventionally "pretty" at all about these works. But they are both truly beautiful, in a profoundly dark sense. The Miraculous Mandarin depicts the violence and the desperation of the story it is based upon, while the Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta is possibly the greatest orchestral work of the twentieth-century. Vivaldi this is not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF BARTOK'S MASTERPIECES. 27 May 2004
By Lord Chimp - Published on Amazon.com
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I think I'm kind of an idiot about classical music, so I can only make basic comments here. Music for Percussion, Strings, and Celesta is one of Bartok's greatest works, and as such is one of the greatest works in all of Western music. Despite the ostensible eminence the celesta is given in the title of the piece, the dominant keyboard instrument is piano, which is part of the percussion ensemble that serves as the anchor for two string sections. The piece is an amazing exploration of opposites, especially its use of chromatic and diatonic elements. The first movement is a chromatic fugue for strings, and Bartok's use of changing meters gives it a watery effect. From the first movement you can already tell it is one of Bartok's best compositions, simply because every note is so exceptionally placed and the flow is so natural. The second movement is an exhilarating allegro, a tight mesh of melodic themes manipulated with rhythmic and metric variation. The third movement is intensely chromatic "night music" with obscure tonality and fragmentary melodies. Best of all, the fourth movement, where diatonic considerations come to the fore and it is the most varied in rhythm, melody, and pitch, but still structurally sublime. Throughout the piece, the key subjects are changed into new subjects, which undergo their own changes, and eventually morphing back into previous themes. This is done with such uncanny perfection that the music really feels like it takes you places. I know that sounds cheesy. I won't discuss _The Miraculous Mandarin_, though it is very good as well.
Get this if you want to hear a divine performance of one of the musical universe's greatest treasures. (Sorry for the CAPS above, I know it's annoying.)
3.0 out of 5 stars It's as though I'm in the lobby. 20 May 2010
By Been There Done That - Published on Amazon.com
The recording sounds 'flat' to me, as though it was recorded at a considerable distance. However, this only slightly detracts from a wonderful performance.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boulez and Bartok, a great combination 12 Feb 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
No one handle Bartok better in our time like Boulez (Fischer and Salonen runners up).
"Music for strings, percussion and celesta" is one of last centures greatest work and Boulez and Orchestra do this fantastic. The "The miraculous mandarin" is a bonus and also one of Bartoks greatest. Great sound too.
Buy this version and you have a (two) masterpiece (s).
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