Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Violin Rhapsodies & Dance Suite

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Violin Rhapsodies & Dance Suite

James Ehnes

Album review

“In the 1960s the Bartók program heard here would have been as common as cheese, but now, although not rare, it certainly has space to say something new and have it heard. Taking top billing is the Concerto for Orchestra in a detailed, rather edgy performance by Edward Gardner and Norway's Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The work is full of big, sentimental tunes that Bartók perhaps tailored to his new American hosts, but Gardner instead finds its rhythmic complexity, its folkish side, and the detailed orchestration suggested by its title. The folk qualities of Gardner's performance mesh well with violinist James Ehnes' performances of the two Rhapsodies for violin and orchestra, one of them boasting an unusual alternative ending. Gardner keeps things in hand even with the Dance Suite of 1923; the music is crisp, but never Bacchanalian. A major plus is Chandos' sound from the Grieghallen in Oslo, with Gardner's careful dissection of the Concerto for Orchestra coming through in full color. Highly recommended.”

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    3 November 2017