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Mälkki: Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra (24/96 FLAC)

Mälkki: Bartók -  Concerto for Orchestra (24/96 FLAC)

Mälkki: Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Béla Bartók
Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: BIS
Catalogue: BIS2378
Release: 2021
Size: 1.22 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106
01. I. Andante tranquillo
02. II. Allegro
03. III. Adagio
04. IV. Allegro molto

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116
05. I. Introduzione
06. II. Presentando le coppie
07. III. Elegia
08. IV. Intermezzo interrotto
09. V. Finale

On the two previously released Bartók programmes (both highly praised), Susanna Mälkki and her players in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra have recorded Bartók’s three scores for the stage – The Miraculous Mandarin, The Wooden Prince and Bluebeard’s Castle, all written before 1918. The team now takes on two of his late orchestral masterpieces.


Composed in 1936 for the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is one of the purest examples of Bartók’s mature style, with its synthesis of folk music, classicism and modernism. One immediately striking feature is the unusual instrumentation: two string orchestras seated on opposite sides of the stage, with percussion and keyboard instruments in the middle and towards the back.


In 1940, during the Second World War, Bartók emigrated to the United States, where he initially found it difficult to compose. In 1943 he received a prestigious commission from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, however, and in less than eight weeks he composed the Concerto for Orchestra. In it he worked with contrasts between different sections of the orchestra, and the soloistic treatment of these groupings was his reason for calling the work a concerto rather than a symphony.

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