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Excellent selection of bartok masterpieces
on 5 March 2014
This double CD contains all of Bela Bartok's Orchestral masterpieces played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Georg Solti.
This includes the Concerto for Orchestra,Music for Strings,percussion and Celesta,the Miraculous Mandarin [in suite form only,without the choir and the original ending],the Divertimento,Hungarian Sketches, Romanian Folk Dances and the Dance Suite.
They are extremely well played and interpreted.I often find Solti's recordings on the fierce side,but here that suits Bartok's music fine.
I am not a big fan of Bartok's chamber music,the string quartets etc,but his orchestral music is essential listening for an appreciation of 20th Century music.It is no tougher than Stravinsky's for example,or Shostakovich's music.
In addition to these major works,I can recommend Bartok's three concertos for piano,his two violin concertos and his ballet the Wooden Prince.
This is a very good place to start a collection of Bartok's orchestral music.It will lead you to wanting more!