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Bartok: Concerto No. 3 pour piano et orchestre Musique pour cordes percussion et celesta

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  • Orchestra: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Naoto Otomo
  • Composer: Bela Bartok
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B000026C1F
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro
2. Adagio religioso - poco piu mosso - Temp I
3. Allegro vivace-Presto
4. Andante tranquillio
5. Allegro
6. Adagio
7. Allegro Molto

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VAL 4842; VALOIS - Francia; Classica Orchestrale

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2014
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This disc was notably well recorded in Japan in 1998 and clearly demonstrates the quality of the Tokyo orchestra as well as the skills of the recording engineers. The disc also highlights the skills of the Turkish pianist, Huseyin Sermet who first came to my attention with his excellent, and equally lyrical readings of the two Ravel concertos as part of an all-Ravel disc.

Sermet takes a particularly lyrical view of this late piano concerto by Bartok. This suits the music very well as the concerto was written with the composer's wife in mind both as a pianist and also as a means of financial support for her after Bartok's rapidly approaching death. Consequently it is by far the most lyrical of his three piano concertos and, although it clearly contains much Hungarian-inspired content in terms of rhythmic and melodic structures, its overall style lacks his earlier aggressive tendencies of the first two piano concertos and is conscientiously more populist in intent.

In this reading the first movement is essentially gentle and lyrical and fully mindful of its 'grazioso' and scherzando nature. The second movement makes the most of the 'religioso' marking and the bird song and nightmusic sounds that the composer was so fond of. The concluding movement is a gentle underlining of the folk-dance derivations of Bartok's creative world but without the driving nature of those rhythms to be found in other works. This is, in total, a most attractive and appropriate reading of this late work.

Much the same can be said of the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Once more this is a relatively gentle reading where the quality of the string section of the orchestra is heard to good advantage.
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