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Concertos for Piano & Orchestra/Schiff

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  • Performer: Andras Schiff
  • Conductor: Ivan Fischer
  • Composer: Bela Bartok
  • Audio CD (10 Feb. 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B000000S91
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,081 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Piano Concerto No.1, Sz 83: Allegro moderato - Allegro
  2. Piano Concerto No.1, Sz 83: Andante
  3. Piano Concerto No.1, Sz 83: Allegro - Allegro molto
  4. Piano Concerto No.2, Sz 95: Allegro
  5. Piano Concerto No.2, Sz 95: Adagio - Presto - Adagio
  6. Piano Concerto No.2, Sz 95: Allegro molto
  7. Piano Concerto No.3, Sz 119: Allegretto
  8. Piano Concerto No.3, Sz 119: Adagio religioso
  9. Piano Concerto No.3, Sz 119: (Allegro vivace)

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Following in the tradition of Liszt, as well as contemporaries such as Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, Bartòk stressed the centrality of the individual performer in his piano concertos. The single most important innovation Bartòk brought to the genre was his use of percussion as a main partner to the soloist. This becomes quickly evident in Nos. 1 and 2, which both feature considerable interaction between Andràs Schiff (nimble and robust throughout) and the percussion section. Not forgotten is conductor Ivan Fischer, who ably negotiates the Budapest Festival Orchestra through the composer's endless series of performance notations. Bartòk's quotations and Stravinsky-esque ostinatos are articulated to perfection in No. 1, which also features a magical "Andante". On the other hand, the highlight of No. 2 is the second movement, an ethereal chorale that separates conversations between Schiff and solo timpani. The most "classical" of the concertos is No. 3, written while Bartòk was in exile in the United States in 1945. Living under deplorable conditions, Bartòk died shortly after its completion. The nocturnal transfiguration of the "Adagio religioso", with its complex, advanced harmonies and tightly woven textures, is particularly affecting (and prophetic) in view of the composer's untimely passing. Dramatic and gripping, these are approachable masterpieces that advanced the genre in a way no one achieved before or since. Highly recommended. --Kevin Mulhall

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5.0 out of 5 starsSchiff's Bartok is elegant and stately, in excellent sound
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