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Quatuor Végh – Bartók: Les Quatuors – Tome III: Quatuor Nos 5 & 6 (French pressing)


# Composer: Béla Bartók
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Astrée | AS 69
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The Végh Quartet was a Hungarian string quartet founded in 1940 and led by its first violinist Sándor Végh for 40 years. The quartet was based in Budapest until it departed Hungary in 1946. It is particularly known for its recordings of the Beethoven (recorded twice – 1952 mono and 1972-4 stereo) and Bartók cycles. The quartet disbanded in 1980.

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Quatuor Végh – Bartók: Les Quatuors – Tome II: Quatuor Nos 3 & 4 (original pressing)

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# Composer: Béla Bartók
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 16
# Label: Astrée | AS 68
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The Végh Quartet was a Hungarian string quartet founded in 1940 and led by its first violinist Sándor Végh for 40 years. The quartet was based in Budapest until it departed Hungary in 1946. It is particularly known for its recordings of the Beethoven (recorded twice – 1952 mono and 1972-4 stereo) and Bartók cycles. The quartet disbanded in 1980.

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Béla Bartók – Sonatas For Violin, Piano, Clarinet (Andersen/Etlík/Gertler)

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Much like Brahms kept close company with Joseph Joachim, one of the greatest violinists of his day, so too did Bartók keep ties with luminaries of his time, including Szigeti, Menuhin, and André Gertler. Although Gertler did not have the distinction of having any of Bartók’s numerous works for violin dedicated to or written for him, he did have the honor of premiering several of Bartók’s compositions in Europe. Gertler was also the first violinist to undertake the massive task of recording the complete violin works in the 1960s. The sound quality throughout is generally quite good, a testament to the technicians who remastered the recordings. Given their professional ties, it would stand to reason that Gertler would have a deep understanding of Bartók’s music, and indeed his interpretations throughout capture every bit of the Hungarian flair.

Composer: Béla Bartók
Performer: Diane Andersen,
Milan Etlík, André Gertler
Vinyl 1965
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 920 MB
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Mercury) Bela Bartok – The Wooden Prince (Dorati)

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Antal Dorati really has this one wrapped up–as a great ballet conductor, Hungarian, and friend of the composer, he brings a special authority to Bartók’s allegorical ballet The Wooden Prince. This is Bartók at his most Romantically evocative, with orchestral writing full of shimmering textures and exotic sounds. This was the first stereo recording of the complete ballet, and it remains one of the finest, both in sound and performance. — David Hurwitz

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# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
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Vinyl 1966
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Mercury

# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Size: 1.01 GB
# Scan: Yes

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Mercury) Bela Bartok – Dance Suite, Deux Portraits, Mikrokosmos (Dorati)

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Yet for my money this disc is “where it’s at,” to use street slang. Dorati gives us stunning clarity and some real insights into a work that’s a lot more complex than other recordings will have you realize. There are inner details revealing Bartok’s complex cross-rhythms that often get lost in the frenzy of brass and percussion in many performances. Amazingly, this recording is as powerful and, well, “loud” as any other, yet all the delicate detail shows through. You’ll hear lines you never heard before, and discover phrases to be make up of combinations of instruments you didn’t realize.

# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Hungarica
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
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Vinyl 1959
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Mercury

# DR-Analysis: DR 13
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Size: 1.4 GB
# Scan: Yes

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (RCA Living Stereo) Bela Bartok – Concerto For Orchestra (CPO/Reiner)

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Since its original release on LP in the mid-1950s, Fritz Reiner’s rendition of the “Concerto for Orchestra” has stood as the standard against which all other recordings of the work are measured. Reiner’s superb control of his orchestra and of Bartók’s rhythms and textures is still unsurpassed, even by dozens of subsequent conductors in the digital age. This “Concerto” shows just what an incredible ensemble the Chicago Symphony was under Reiner’s direction.

# Composer:  Bela Bartok
# Orchestra:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Vinyl (1956/58)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR: 15
# Size: 1.42 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Bela Bartok – Bluebeard’s Castle (in Hungarian) Ludwig, Berry, Kertesz

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Bartók’s lone opera has fared well on disc, and the Kertész is one of the best, even if it lacks the full bite and snap of singers emoting in their native language. Ludwig, a mezzo Judith, is convincing as a loving bride wishing to share her husband’s innermost secrets, and Berry is a patient Bluebeard, saddened by her inevitable consignment to oblivion behind the seventh door. They capture the private, intimate horrors at the core of the story. Kertész conducts brilliantly, drawing full, warm sounds from the LSO aided by Decca’s spectacular demonstration-quality engineering. Doráti (on Mercury, also with great sound but with native singers) may get closer to the spirit of Bartók’s sharp-edged score, but Kertész is in the same league.

# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Performers: Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca

# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 2.3 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Bela Bartok – Piano Concertos No. 2 + 3 (Anda/Fricsay)

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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
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Size: 2.02 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Bela Bartok – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Anda/Fricsay)

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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
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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Decca) Bela Bartok – The Miraculous Mandarin/Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta (Solti)

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2nd pressing, wide band, rare and expensive
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# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor:
Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN:
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# Size: 1.76 GB
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