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Bartók wanted his Second Piano Concerto to be understood as a contrast to his harsh and for the orchestra extremely difficult First Piano Concerto. But notwithstanding its more easily understandable theme, this work too was composed using strict classical sonata form. With a bright atmosphere, fired on by the sound of trumpets, the theme of the first movement forges ahead and sets the course for the whole work. Lively exuberance and a committed interplay between the soloist and orchestra result in a work that is wholly positive throughout and which remains full of energy yet bell-like and accessible right up to the final movement.
Bartok composed his third and final piano concerto in the year of his death 1945. However, the work in no way possesses a mood of demise but breathes a worldly-wise, cheerful, and mellowed atmosphere. Delightfully audible melodies, with a chorale-like grandeur in the middle movement, are woven into a rhythmically lively but well-rounded and flowing movement structure.
With these two piano concertos, Géza Anda and the RSO Berlin led by the legendary Ferenc Fricsay, complete their great artistic achievement, which began with the recording of Bartóks Rhapsody op. 1 and his First Piano Concerto (DGR-138708). For anyone who possesses just one of these two LPs, the other is absolutely essential.
"Concerto No. 3, Bartok's last work, was written in 1945, when the composer was terminally ill with leukemia. A parting gift to his pianist wife, it's surprisingly relaxed and untroubled, and Anda gives a warmly affectionate performance." Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, 4.5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics.
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Geza Anda, piano
Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin
Ferenc Fricsay, conductor
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
Piano Concerto No. 2 for piano and orchestra
2. Satz: Adagio - Presto - Adagio
3. Satz: Allegro molto
Piano Concerto No. 3 for piano and orchestra
1. Satz: Allegretto
2. Satz: Andante religioso attacca
3. Satz: Allegro vivace
Recording: September 1959 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, by Werner Wolf