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BARTOK, B.: Miraculous Mandarin (The) / Concerto for Orchestra (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)


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BARTOK, B.: Miraculous Mandarin (The) / Concerto for Orchestra (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

With its bizarre story of moral corruption and violence, Béla Bartók’s final stage work, The Miraculous Mandarin, was banned after the first performance in 1926. Richly scored, it has a breathtakingly rapid pace, its nightmarish scenes depicted with vibrant and graphic musical intensity. The Concerto for Orchestra is one of Bartók’s last works and one of his best known and most accessible creations. Each of the five movements plays its own rôle, but the overriding message is a potently expressive affirmation of life.

Bartók, Béla
Lengyel, Menyhert, lyricist(s)

  A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82
1.   Opening – The girl and three tramps 00:03:10
2.   First seduction game: the shabby old rake 00:03:32
3.   Second seduction game: the young student 00:03:05
4.   Third seduction game 00:01:38
5.   The Mandarin enters and remains immobile in the doorway 00:02:21
6.   The girl begins a hesitant dance… 00:05:40
7.   The Mandarin stumbles – the chase becomes even more passionate 00:00:40
8.   The three tramps leap out, seize the Mandarin and tear him away from the girl 00:01:56
9.   Suddenly the Mandarin's head appears between the pillows and he looks longingly at the girl 00:03:19
10.   The terrified tramps discuss how they are to get rid of the Mandarin 00:01:39
11.   The body of the Mandarin begins to glow with a greenish blue light 00:01:39
12.   She resists no longer – they embrace 00:02:01

Bartók, Béla

  Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123
13.   I. Introduzione: Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace 00:09:45
14.   II. Giuoco delle coppie: Allegretto scherzando 00:06:10
15.   III. Elegia: Andante non troppo 00:07:47
16.   IV. Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto 00:04:17
17.   V. Finale: Presto 00:09:17

Total Playing Time: 01:07:56

Bartók, Béla

Lengyel, Menyhert

Schwarz, Gerard

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Seattle Symphony Chorale

Label: Naxos

Genre: Ballet; Concertos

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.571201

Barcode: 747313120178

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Physical Release: 03/2012

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