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  Bartok: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Kocsis, Lehel, Marriner
  Bartok: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, The Miraculous Mandarin (Suite)

Zoltan Kocsis (piano)
Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
György Lehel (conductor)

Stuttgart Radio-Sinfonieorchester
Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Reviews: 2

Review by Windsurfer June 16, 2006 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
What a Bargain!

This is a first rate performance of both the works for piano and of the Miraculous Mandarin. The sound is mostly splendid - there is great bass and percussion is stupendous. The woodwind and brass are well recorded and the strings are never shrill, no annoying high frequency bite. Why four and a half stars for sound? Well the percussion and piano are so good that I felt it would be churlish to take off more than a half star for imaging (the solo piano seems slightly misplaced to the right) and a certain whitishness (lack of orchestral color), but that is only in comparison to the very very best, like my favorite PentaTones, and the Telarc Martinu/Dvorak. Many will NOT notice this whitishness I complain about, or maybe it is more a greyishness??? Anyway at the price I paid for this from, I would have been happy with much less - as I say this is a great bargain and the performances are absolutely top notch!

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Review by audiofreak May 31, 2006 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
Excellent performance. As a fan of Bartok I regard this disc as a must have. Sonic quality gets only 4 stars, but you will forget about that when you listen to the music.

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Works: 3  

Béla Bartók - Piano Concerto No. 1, Sz. 83 BB 91
Béla Bartók - Piano Concerto No. 2, Sz. 95 BB 101
Béla Bartók - The Miraculous Mandarin (Suite), Sz. 73 BB 82