Pantomime in One Act by Melchior Lengyel (1880-1974)
Terry Edwards director
A shabby room in the slums
First decoy game
Second decoy game
Third decoy game
The girl is undecided
The passion of the Mandarin is finally roused
Suddenly the Mandarin's head appears between
The Mandarin's body begins to glow with a greenish-
The Mandarin falls to the floor and at once leaps at
Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123 (1943, revised 1945)
Introduzione. Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace
Giuoco delle coppie. Allegretto scherzando
Elegia. Andante, non troppo
Intermezzo interrotto. Allegretto
Finale. Pesante - Presto
Total time: 75:16
Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
27 and 30 30 April 1990 (The Wooden Prince, Hungarian Pictures)
3 and 4 September 1990 (Concerto for Orchestra)
17 and 18 October 1990 (The Miraculous Mandarin)
This ‘2for1’ reissue brings together the best performances by Neeme Järvi of the music by Bartók, taken from his extraordinarily prolific recording career with Chandos Records. The four works span Bartók career and include some of the greatest music he ever wrote.
The Concerto for Orchestra has remained one of Bartók’s most popular orchestral works since its triumphant premiere in 1944. Its title signals that each section of instruments is treated in a soloistic and virtuoso way. According to Bartók himself, ‘the general mood of the work represents, apart from the jesting second movement, a gradual transition from the sternness of the first movement and the lugubrious death-song of the third, to the life-assertion of the last one’.
The ballet The Miraculous Mandarin is heard here in its complete form. Set in a seedy urban underworld, it tells the tale of a prostitute, the three thugs that control her, and their mysterious encounter with the eponymous Mandarin. In portraying this scenario Bartók creates an astonishingly vivid score with some of the most colourful music he ever wrote.
The Wooden Prince, an earlier ballet, could not on the surface be further from The Miraculous Mandarin. Lacking its daring modernism, it instead shows the influence of Debussy, Strauss, and Wagner. However, its outwardly sunny character obscures a strange and surreal undertone.
The Hungarian Pictures are skilful and imaginative orchestrations made in 1931 of five earlier piano pieces. Each with its own distinct character, these pieces give the impression of being an authentic folksong arrangement, although this is true only of the last of the five.
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“… an enjoyable collection …”
James H North - Fanfare - January/February 2015
"..The much later Hungarian Pictures (1931) is full of bright colors and responds well to Jarvi’s extroverted approach Jarvi’s attention to structure plays big dividends in the finale [Concerto for Orchestra]. Transitions are clear, the counterpoint balanced, and the ending is full and bold. I like this performance ..."
Roger Hecht - American Record Guide - November/December 2014
***** - Exceptional
Frederico Bianchessi - Musica magazine Italy - October 2014
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