HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Bela Bartok – Piano Concertos No. 2 + 3 (Anda/Fricsay)

Dedicated to Jean-Luc
Ferenc Fricsay was noted for his interpretations of Bartok and Mozart (and even wrote a book about the two composers). Fricsay and Anda were graduates of the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Budapest, where their teachers included Bartok and Kodaly. The performance is lyrical where lyricism is called for, and full of driving rhythms that are exciting without being crass.

# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Performer: Geza Anda
# Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl (1961)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.02 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Review concerning all three concertos with Anda/Fricsay:

I cannot say what are the definitive versions of Bartok’s piano concertos, but this is an amazing set. The orchestra and soloist are exceptional, never afraid to be as light or heavy as the music demands, with an intuitive sensitivity to the score’s demands.

Piano Concerto no.2 is my favorite. With his second concerto, Bartok wanted to make it “lighter” and more pleasant to the audience. However, he also desired to remain in the same sphere of compositional style as the first. Thus, he makes no compromises with popular taste, sacrificing nothing in the way of vision or complexity. Although technically similar in many respects, they are different in important ways. Compared to the first’s impulsive, prickly development of ideas, the second asserts itself more meticulously, like Bartok’s middle string quartets. The first movement is starkly arranged (winds, percussion, piano) but melodically delightful and rhythmically varied. Pianist Géza Anda’s approach on the second concerto is in perfect command of the technical elements and also abstracts like the playfulness and eagerness. The deft but sweet conveyance of the second movement’s critical presto is remarkable, and the return to adagio in the final section unleashes colossi of dissonant chords over rumbling percussion takes one’s breath away. The final movement is best of all: deriving most of its material from the first movement, it is viciously dissonant and rhythmically aggressive. It is also a throwback to the Baroque period with its emphasis on contrapuntal technical and concise thematic development.

The first concerto also factored into this development of merging folksongs with baroque tradition. But despite Bartok’s obvious commitment as an ethnomusicologist for Eastern Europe, “folk songs” for Bartok were did not only mean popular songs of the Carpathian Basin, but also other ancient musical traditions like African drum music. This is an important influence on the composition core of the first piano concerto. The rhythmical proto-idea appears at first on piano and brass (low-registers) and from here numerous thematic evolutions unfold. Long considered the most expressive of all instruments, Bartok shapes the music from the percussive qualities of the piano. The percussive aspects of the piano were often important to him. Percussion rises to a key role in this piece, as in the early part of the second movement, a tense exchange between percussions and piano. Then, an exhilarating piano ostinato in 3/8 for many bars, spliced and developed multitexturally and with melodic variation. These are powerful Bartok moments.

The third concerto is less dissonant, “brighter”, and more “classical” than the other two. Yet Bartok’s spritely melodies are captivating and the piano parts especially imaginative. The second movement is very powerful, with a slow and sparse texture but it develops into a complex formation of musical pinpricks and fragmentary melodies. It is less compelling than the other two, but it reflects a profound, deep atmosphere of uneasy peace.


  Konzert Nr. 2 Für Klavier Und Orchester  
A1 1. Satz: Allegro 9:59
A2 2. Satz: Adagio – Presto – Adagio 12:18
A3 3. Satz: Allegro Molto 6:12
  Konzert Nr. 3 Für Klavier Und Orchester  
B1 1. Satz: Allegro 7:23
B2 2. Satz: Andante Religioso Attacca 10:16
B3 3. Satz: Allegro Vivace 6:46

 Analyzed folder: /192k Bartok – Piano Concertos 2,3 – Anda, Fricsay
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR10        -1.97 dB     -16.53 dB     A1 Konzert Nr. 2 Fuer Klavier Und Orchester – 1.  Allegro.wav
 DR14        -0.52 dB     -20.58 dB     A2 Konzert Nr. 2 Fuer Klavier Und Orchester – 2. Adagio – Presto – Adagio.wav
 DR11        -0.56 dB     -14.43 dB     A3 Konzert Nr. 2 Fuer Klavier Und Orchester – 3. Allegro Molto.wav
 DR12        -0.89 dB     -18.34 dB     B1 Konzert Nr. 3 Fuer Klavier Und Orchester – 1.  Allegretto.wav
 DR13        -1.67 dB     -20.77 dB     B2 Konzert Nr. 3 Fuer Klavier Und Orchester – 2.  Andante Religioso.wav
 DR11        -0.77 dB     -16.74 dB     B3 Konzert Nr. 3 Fuer Klavier Und Orchester – 3.  Allegro Vivace.wav
 Number of files:    6
 Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos


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26 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Bela Bartok – Piano Concertos No. 2 + 3 (Anda/Fricsay)

  1. Thanks Alf. Can you tell me “the very best” recording with piano in quality of sound in your records, not necessarily the very best interpretation ? I just want to hear a very good recorded sound of piano. Many thanks again…

    • El archivo de este server no está disponible temporalmente por mantenimiento del sistema. Por favor, inténtalo de nuevo pronto.

  2. Hi Rach,

    could you please upload the 3rd part of the archive somewhere else? The current server is under maintenance for several weeks.

    Many thanks.

    • Friend, you surely understand that I cannot do thid all day long, every day….I did it for Rachmaninov’s 3rd concert to say “welcome” to you. Be patient and enjoy other rips…you have tons of music here.

      • Hello Rachmaninov,

        I’ve just downloaded the newly uploaded 3rd archive.

        I really appreciate your uploads. It’s a great work!

        Many thanks

  3. QUERIDO Rachmaninov:
    Estoy descargando, ansioso por escuchar esta obra.

  4. Hello, Dear Rach!
    The same problem is with Part 4 – the file is not existing any more!
    I would be very grateful to you if you could re-up this part!
    Thans in advance and best wishes!

  5. Thank you very much!
    It seems there is a little distortion on highs. Maybe 24/96 is enoguh, I don’t know.
    All in all, this is the best performance of these pieces, maybe because the pianist and the director have the same roots with the composer. All other interpretations are not even close to this one.
    Thanks for sharing again!

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