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

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

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012


Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Schwarz, Gerard

Gerard Schwarz


Seattle Symphony Chorale


Seattle Center Opera House, USA

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 67:56
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BARTOK, B.: Miraculous Mandarin (The) / Concerto for Orchestra (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

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A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82

1 Opening – The girl and three tramps 3:10
2 First seduction game: the shabby old rake 3:32
3 Second seduction game: the young student 3:05
4 Third seduction game 1:38
5 The Mandarin enters and remains immobile in the doorway 2:21
6 The girl begins a hesitant dance… 5:40
7 The Mandarin stumbles – the chase becomes even more passionate 0:40
8 The three tramps leap out, seize the Mandarin and tear him away from the girl 1:56
9 Suddenly the Mandarin's head appears between the pillows and he looks longingly at the girl 3:19
10 The terrified tramps discuss how they are to get rid of the Mandarin 1:39
11 The body of the Mandarin begins to glow with a greenish blue light 1:39
12 She resists no longer – they embrace 2:01

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123

13 I. Introduzione: Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace 9:45
14 II. Giuoco delle coppie: Allegretto scherzando 6:10
15 III. Elegia: Andante non troppo 7:47
16 IV. Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto 4:17
17 V. Finale: Presto 9:17
 Gerard Schwarz Conductor
 Schwarz, Gerard

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.

"...A fine testament to a first rate American ensemble and its spirited conductor." ****
Gary Lemco - - July 2012

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