Bartók & Kodály: Concertos for Orchestra - Hrůša

Bartók & Kodály: Concertos for Orchestra - Hrůša

PentaTone Classics  PTC 5186 626

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Kodály: Concerto for Orchestra

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Jakub Hrůša (conductor)

Exuberant, colourful and edgy concertos for orchestra by Bartók and Kodály are brought together in spirited and vivid performances from the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by the podium sensation Jakub Hrůša on this PENTATONE release.

Bartók’s landmark Concerto for Orchestra is not only a thrilling orchestral tour de force; it’s also a striking and deeply expressive work which effortlessly assimilates Hungarian folk melodies and rhythms in its compelling and polished score. At times brooding and mysterious, it’s Bartók’s most popular and uplifting work, and it ends in a flurry of high spirits.

With its lush and vivid orchestration and a healthy rhythmic swagger, Kodály’s lesser-known Concerto for Orchestra is a captivating and buoyant work. Inspired by the Baroque concerto grosso but updated with a romantic sensibility, the result is a sure-footed, rousing and energetic showpiece for orchestra.

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Comments (3)

Comment by Bruce Zeisel - June 30, 2018 (1 of 3)

If one can abide excessively polite trombones in the fourth movement, this is highly recommended. It is a gorgeous recording.

Comment by Bruce Zeisel - November 2, 2018 (2 of 3)

Bill Hecht,
Do you have this?
If you are fond of the work, and you have the right equipment, this recording, while not conducted with the authority of Kocsis or Ozawa, can give you something close to the experience of hearing a live performance in a good hall. The orchestra plays splendidly and those sounds are captured beautifully. I recommend it highly for that reason.


Comment by William Hecht - November 5, 2018 (3 of 3)

Yes, Bruce, I do have it and enjoyed it very much the one time I got to listen to it. Almost my whole collection is still boxed from a move and ongoing reconstruction of the listening room in the new digs. Based on your reminder it'll be one of the first things in the player when normal life returns.