0262-4 SACD

Béla Bartók

Hungarian Pictures
Concerto for Orchestra
Concerto Budapest, András Keller
Inspiring Tube Sound
TACET Real Surround Sound & stereo

EAN/barcode: 4009850026242

"... They (Bartók and Kodály) wanted not only to put the Hungarian into the light, not to serve a mere colony of German music history, but to study folk music in all its manifestations, moreover - Bartók said in 1931 - to serve the fraternization of peoples. Later they explicitly aimed at "a synthesis of East and West". This very turn from the Hungarian to the global is nowhere more evident than in one of the last works, the Concerto for Orchestra, which outwardly echoes the Hungarian Pictures as they do the early period of folk music research..." (from the liner notes by Jan Reichow)

This recording (like the entire TACET catalog, by the way) not only captivates on first listen, but invites you to savor countless small details, each twist a treasure that András Keller and the musicians of Concerto Budapest bring out as knowledgeably as they do lovingly.


Werk - Satz
Composition - movement
Oeuvre - mouvement
1Hungarian PicturesI An evening in the village. Lento rubato – Allegretto Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto Budapest
András Keller
2 II Bear dance. Allegro vivace Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto Budapest
András Keller
3 III Melody. Andante Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto Budapest
András Keller
4 IV Slightly tipsy. Allegretto rubato Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto Budapest
András Keller
5 V Swineherd’s dance. Allegro moltoBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto Budapest
András Keller
6Concerto for OrchestraI Introduzione. Andante non troppo – Allegro vivaceBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto Budapest
András Keller
7 II Giuoco delle coppie. Allegro scherzando Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto Budapest
András Keller
8 III Elegia. Andante, non troppoBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto Budapest
András Keller
9 IV Intermezzo interrotto. Allegretto Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto Budapest
András Keller
10 V Finale. PrestoBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto Budapest
András Keller

total playing time: 47:46

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Klassik heute (07/04/2023):

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Künstlerische Qualität: 10 von 10
Klangqualität: 10 von 10
Gesamteindruck: 10 von 10

Bartóks Konzert für Orchester, entstanden 1943 in den USA, zwei Jahre vor dem Tod des Komponisten, ist zweifellos eines der bedeutendsten Orchesterwerke des 20. more...

HRAudio.net (07/03/2023):

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András Keller and his Concerto Budapest are on home ground both musically and geographically for their latest recording made in Tacet’s real surround with this coupling of one of Bartók’s most popular and most recorded works the ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ and ‘Hungarian Sketches’ (the latter being the composer’s most popular orchestral transcription, at least on disc), both of which suit them like a glove.

'Hungarian Sketches', sometimes also referred to as ‘Hungarian Pictures', is a short suite consisting of orchestrations by the composer of five piano pieces composed between 1908 and 1911 during Bartók's journey around Romania and Hungary, when he started collecting and arranging folk music. more...

Classical CD Choice (06/19/2023):

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The vast Decca back catalogue is one of the glories of the classical music industry, and there are some remarkable performances (such as George Solti’s definitive performance of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra). more...

Pizzicato (05/14/2023):

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Bartok, messerscharf und glasklar

Messerscharf und glasklar transparent: Andras Kellers Interpretation des Konzerts für Orchester von Bartok sucht nicht den großen symphonischen Klang, nicht die prächtige Geste, sondern die bestmögliche Transparenz, darin unterstützt von der Aufnahmeregie und dem Real Surround-Klang von Tacet. more...

Pizzicato (05/14/2023):

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Razor-sharp and crystal-clear transparency

Andras Keller’s interpretation of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra does not seek the grand symphonic sound, not the magnificent gesture, but the best possible transparency, supported in this by Tacet’s recording technique and Real Surround sound. more...