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):
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.

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