Related Reviews
HighFidelityReview.com
Highly recommended.
more >>
The Absolute Sound
It's the Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste you'll want this disc for.
more >>
UltraAudio.com
I like this recording enough to cry "Encore!" for a companion disc containing Bartók's Dance Suite and other short works by Bartók and Kodály.
more >>
Gramophone - Awards Issue
...there's something very inviting about the warmth Mackerras casts over this music, a warmth aided by Linn's well-handled recording.
more >>
Sunday Telegraph
A 'wonderful' and 'sparkling' performance
more >>
International Record Review
Sparkling...
more >>
Atlanta Audio Society
The vivacity of the outer movements is of special note in this performance.
more >>
ClassicsTodayFrance.com
4 Stars
EN FRANÇAIS
more >>
HDTV Magazine
5 Stars
Highly recommended for "newbies" and seasoned aficionados alike!
more >>
The Sunday Times
...their playing here has a virtuosity, a rhythmic élan and a palette of rich orchestral colour to challenge the finest performances.
more >>
HiFi Choice
5 Stars
A recording to 'keep you on the edge of your seat'
more >>

What Mackerras has going for him is delicate yet potent recorded sound...
more >>
Sunday Herald
5 Stars
These are thrillingly alive performances, persuasive in every department and superbly recorded.
more >>
The Guardian
4 Stars
...Mackerras brings vividness and a real sense of drama.
more >>
The Observer
A 'ravishing disc'
more >>
The Daily Telegraph
...as fresh and authentic as they come...
more >>
The Scotsman
...music of enormous originality and colour.
more >>

Bartok and Kodaly - SCO - Ballet Review


28 July 2016
Ballet Review
George Dorris

As pioneer collectors of folk music, both Bartók and Kodály often used in their own music the dance rhythms they’d discovered. Kodály based his exhilarating Dances of Galánta from 1930, full of stirring rhythms and brilliantly orchestrated, on Hungarian tunes with Romani elements found in an old book. The opening and closing movements of Bartók’s Divertimento, written in 1940 for Paul Sacher’s Basle Chamber Orchestra, have a more dramatic quality, enclosing the mysterious middle movements that explore the unexpected aspects of strings that are also found in his middle string quartets. Despite its title, this Divertimento goes much deeper than light entertainment.

That exploration of possibilities is even more strongly felt in the remarkable Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta of 1936, another Sacher commission. Building and only gradually releasing tension, often very softly, I find this a mesmerizing score, Bartók’s “night music” at its most inventive and disconcerting.

These pieces work well together in these fine performances by Mackerras and his Scottish orchestra, effectively recorded.


Bookmark and Share


Related Links

Scottish Chamber OrchestraScottish Chamber Orchestra
Sir Charles MackerrasSir Charles Mackerras
Bartok & KodalyBartok & Kodaly