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Uncompromising Integrity

Music by
Béla Bartók -
heard by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... a joy to hear.'

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop. © 2012 Naxos Rights International Ltd

Having often stumbled through cello parts of the Bartók string quartets, I had certainly earned an invitation some moons ago to the unveiling of his London statue outside South Kensington Station. The dapper little image with characteristic hat made a pleasant complement to such astringent music. But then the statue disappeared, and I could only assume it had gone, like Mozart's Commendatore, to take daily dinners with Stravinsky, whose view of Bartók was typically concise: 'I never liked his music anyway.'

I have no means of knowing whether the Baltimore Orchestra likes its female conductor, Marin Alsop...

Copyright © 21 May 2012 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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BARTÓK: CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA ETC

BELA BARTOK

MARIN ALSOP

NAXOS

HUNGARY

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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