Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Dance Suite; Hungarian Pictures ()

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Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Dance Suite; Hungarian Pictures - Bournemouth Symphony Chorus (choir, chorus); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop (conductor)
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  1. The Miraculous Mandarin, pantomime in 1 act, Sz. 73, BB 82 (Op. 19)
  2. Dance Suite (Táncszvit) for orchestra, Sz. 77, BB 86a
  3. Hungarian Sketches (Magyar képek), for orchestra, Sz. 97, BB 103
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Long familiar as a concert suite, Béla Bartók's one-act ballet The Miraculous Mandarin (1926) is now more frequently recorded in its entirety, thanks to the CD's abundant playing time; the full piece easily fits with additional works. This 2004 release from Naxos offers not only the complete Mandarin, but also the rambunctious Dance Suite (1923) and the charming Hungarian Sketches (1931), a steal at the budget price. But quantity is only a virtue if matched in quality, and some may take issue with certain aspects of Marin ...

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Dance Suite; Hungarian Pictures 2005, Naxos

UPC: 747313243327

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