PAAVO JARVI. Bartók/Lutoslawski. Telarc ****
Two famous 20th-century concertos for orchestra from Central Europe, written 11 years apart: a combination so obvious that it's surprising it hasn't become common. Paavo Jarvi and his excellent Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra attack the Lutoslawski with beefy force, strengthening a score that can appear brittle. Some wit is lost in the Bartók, but it's hard not to relish the rude brass in the Shostakovich parody.
Friday, May 26, 2006
CD REVIEW: Bartók/Lutoslawski
Geoff Brown of The Times (U.K.) offers this short but very sweet four star review (May 26, 2006):