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  • Orchestra: Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Composer: Béla Bartók
  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: PentaTone Classics
  • ASIN: B003T68VZS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,120 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Steinbacher,A./Orchestre de la Suisse Romande


This is the recording of these two matchless modern classics that we have been waiting for; any suspense that Arabella Steinbacher will not have the measure of the Hungarian idiom or the sheer fire-power required for these virtuoso pieces is banished almost immediately and the typically wide-ranging Pentatone SACD recording captures both the subtlety and the excitement. --Barry Forshaw's CD Choice Dec 2010

The Second is undoubtedly the greater of these concertos, and this disc quite rightly starts with it. Its first movement can sometimes be too relaxed, coming as an andante rather than an allegro, and loosing rhythmic momentum in the more lyrical moments, of which there are many. Not here: Marek Janowski sets an ideal tempo, and Arabella Steinbacher's entry after the pulsing opening chords has bite and depth of tone, coupled with an absolute certainty of the direction of the music. And Janowski ensures that the texture is always clear and well balanced, with harp and celeste glittering in the texture, and the all important wind solos taking their rightful place. In the slow movement Steinbacher continues with her winning ways, every note has meaning, and her considerable technique and variety of tone, phrasing and rubato always fits the music like a glove. Her emotional perception of this movement is matched by her quicksilver changes of mood in the finale, capturing the earthy and the playful with panache. In First Concerto, inspired by Bartok's unreturned love for the violinist Steffi Geyer, Steinbacher responds to both the relatively uncomplicated romantic outpuring of the first movement, and the portrait of a more capricious Steffi in the second. Janus-like, this concerto looks forwards and backwards in Bartok's compositional style, and Steinbacher had the measure of both. --BBC Music Magazine

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