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Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, Music for Strings, Percussion & celesta, Hungarian Sketches

Fritz Reiner Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner
  • Composer: Bela Bartok
  • Audio CD (6 Nov 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003FEJ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto For Orchestra: Introduzione: Andante non troppo; Allegra vivace
2. Concerto For Orchestra: Giuoco delle coppie: Allegretto scherzando
3. Concerto For Orchestra: Elegia: Andante non troppo
4. Concerto For Orchestra: Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto
5. Concerto For Orchestra: Finale: Pesante; Presto
6. Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta: Andante tranquillo
7. Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta: Allegro
8. Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta: Adagio
9. Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta: Allegro molto
10. Hungarian Sketches: An Evening In The Village
11. Hungarian Sketches: Bear Dance
12. Hungarian Sketches: Melody
13. Hungarian Sketches: Slighty Tipsy
14. Hungarian Sketches: Swineherd's Dance

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, DOWNRIGHT ENJOYABLE 10 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with the previous reviewer, it is downright enjoyable. There is something about Fritz Reiner that always seems to make his recordings so. I don't know whether this is necessarily a good thing. I used to have his recording of Shostakovich's 6th symphony and now I don't and I miss it. He made it sound so logical, he made it sound like it belonged in the canon of symphonic heritage, Mravinsky doesn't. He had a reputation of being a bit of a tyrant, (I'm sure he was, but I don't know and I'm not sure that I care) His recordings don't sound tyranical and that's what matters. I wish there were more Reiner recordings available.
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By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This very famous disc containing music recorded on three tracks in 1955 and 1958 has been renowned for two reasons. For those interested in the music, these interpretations and their performance by the Chicago orchestra set standards that have never been seriously matched, let alone improved upon. For those interested in sound engineering these recordings also set the standard for recordings made at that time.

That sonic achievement became more apparent when the Gold Seal edition was replaced with the Living Stereo edition. Having owned both, plus the LP before, I can verify that, in A/B comparisons, the sound was altogether improved with an enhanced sensation of 'being there.' That only leaves the present the SACD version to consider and which has long been out of production. However, at inflated cost, there are still a few available - mostly available from Japan.

Having received one of these increasingly rare SACD copies from a Japanese supplier. I have not been disappointed in my expectations. The improvement in sound over the previous Living Stereo version, which was itself very good, was immediately clear with far greater definition, depth and warmth.

Considering other options, why would one wish to buy such an historic recording when there are fine, and more modern, alternatives now available? Of those I would strongly suggest that the Fischer/Budapest alternative offers a particularly effective version that has a clear Hungarian 'rustic' favour. The 24 bit remastered Solti/LSO alternative is also much improved sonically and delivers high powered, non-Hungarian, interpretations with a sense of light humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Great Playing 8 April 2003
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I have bought this CD several times and left it behind with friends everytime I've moved- it comes at a price allowing you to give it away and spread it around.
Bartok is now much more mainstream than he used to be and the pieces on this are easily accessible (downright enjoyable I'm tempted to say).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, Outstanding Performance 15 Feb 2001
By Ed Luhrs - Published on Amazon.com
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I adore this CD, and I greatly admire Bartok as a composer of music and a music scholar. I first heard a recording of Charles Dutoit conducting the Concerto for Orchestra with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. That performance was also great, but at the time I really only enjoyed the finale. When I got this recording, I was ready for the other movements. This Fritz Reiner recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is from quite a long time ago, yet it sounds like it was made yesterday. It's presence and atmosphere keep you immersed in the music. Reiner has an unbelievable knack for conducting Bartok. Reiner was also a tremendous supporter of Bartok and one of the first conductors to champion his works. Both the Concerto for Orchestra and the Music for Percussion, Strings, and Celesta contain all that is best in Bartok's work. (Also check out his three piano concertos, which are equally remarkable!) Bartok's compositional style alternates between extraterrestrial melodic beauty and flashes of angular, barbaric rhythms. The climactic moments frequently jump at the listener like a crack of thunder, yet underlying it all is a supreme logic and a sense of balance. The Hungarian Sketches are lively examples of Bartok's dedication to bringing folk traditions to orchestral music. Since Reiner ranks among the 20th century's greatest conductors, and since Bartok brings a supreme scholastic energy to his music, I recommend this recording highly.
51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed Musically and Sonically 5 Jun 2001
By George Grella - Published on Amazon.com
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There are plenty of enthusiastic reviews that attest to the quality of this performance, so I can only add, emphatically, that this is the greatest recorded performance of one of two of the greatest pieces by one of the greatest Modern composers. That being said, CD buyers are often wary of the sound quality of early stereo recordings remastered on CD. To them I would say that this is also one of the very best sounding CDs you will ever own of any music, recorded in digital or analog. Absolutely full, rich and clear sound, simply beautiful to the ear. One of the great classical recordings ever made.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Concerto recording is as authoritative as you can get! 20 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Most people do not know the circumstances that made the Concerto possible. Bartok had just come to this country, an impoverished musician and composer from his native war-torn Hungary in 1944. Years earlier, a close friendship had developed between his student, Fritz Reiner, while Reiner was still at the Budapest Academy. After graduation and a brief European stint, Reiner came to the U.S. to further his career as a conductor. In the intervening years, Reiner and Bartok maintained a close and regular correspondence with each other. It was during Reiner's tenure at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra that Bartok came to the U.S., financially ruined, ill, and devoid of the desire to compose. Reiner, by now well-off financially and successful, took his former teacher under his wing and helped him financially as well as spiritually. During Bartok's convalescence, Reiner and other U.S.-based musicians arranged for Bartok to receive a commission for a composition from the Boston Symphony. This was the creative spark needed to fire Bartok's compositional talents once again, and resulted in the Concerto for Orchestra. The first performance was by Kousssevitzky and the Boston Symphony in 1945; the first recording was by Reiner and Pittsburgh by Columbia Masterworks that same year.
But improvements in recording technology and music directorship of an ensemble much superior to that of Pittsburgh resulted in Reiner again committing the Concerto to tape for RCA in Chicago in 1955. The result is a performance and recording much superior to the earlier Pittsburgh one. This recording gives the Chicago first chair musicians opportunity to "strut their stuff." The later recording of "Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta" is nonpareil in its own right.
Despite the Concerto having the so-called "hole-in-the-middle" that afflicted early stereo recordings, this problem had been solved by the time of the Music for Strings recording in 1958. Nevertheless, both recordings sound great for their age, and authority of performance is no way in doubt here. Buy this recording with absolute confidence and need to look no further.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Die For! 1 Nov 2002
By Jay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If my house were on fire I'd run into the burning building just to rescue my copy of this recording. Fritz Reiner (Friendly Fritz to his musicians!) was a former student of Bela Bartok's at the Budapest Conservatoire and remained a life long friend and supporter of the composer, particularly when he was living in exile in America during World War 2, in fact it was in no small part due to Reiner's effort that The Concerto for Orchestra was commissioned in the first place, so who better to play it? But even with that in mind, Reiner rises to the occasion brilliantly. When Gramophone magazine reviewed this CD, they compared it to Boulez's 1992 recording made in the same auditorium and commented on the uncanny realism of Reiner's recording, especially in the quiet passages. This is particularly telling at the beginning of the second movement, the decaying echo of the solo percussion is exceptionally realistic. Wonderful though the interpretation of the Concerto is, the "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta" coupled with it on this CD set recorded two years later (in 1957), is even better.
Although many people will say that Ferenc Fricsay's recording is perhaps more in keeping the spirit of the music, for me Reiner will always have the edge, he simply lets the music speak without ever letting it get out of control. I can give him no higher complement than that.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the one! 5 Jan 2001
By Howard G Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After all these years two recordings from the '50s still command the field: #1 the disc at hand - Reiner/CSO, #2 Dorati/LSO on Mercury.
I've followed these recordings of the Concerto and the Music for... through various issues (RCA and Victrola lp, initial CD and now the current -- excellent -- reissue). No other recordings have matched the fire and ice(and heart!) of these.
I even love the cover art: 1950's "moderne" which carries me back to the days of vacuum tubes and blond speaker cabinets with grills that looked like upholstery.
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