BARTÓK: ORCHES­TRAL AND STAGE WORKS

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DG here bring to­gether the Bartók record­ings Pierre Boulez made in Chicago, Lon­don and Berlin be­tween 1991 and 2008. Boulez re­sponds not just to Bartók the mod­ernist, but also yields in ways you mightn’t ex­pect to the im­pres­sion­ism and ro­man­ti­cism of the ear­lier works. Lis­ten to the lit­tle-known Can­tata pro­fana for a bit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, or the bal­let, The

Wooden Prince, for an en­velop­ing shroud of sug­ges­tive magic. Boulez has a fine team of hand-picked soloists, in­clud­ing Krys­tian Zimer­man, Leif Ove And­snes, Hélène Gri­maud, Pierre-Lau­rent Ai­mard, Gil Sha­ham, Gi­don Kre­mer, and Yuri Bash­met, though Jessye Nor­man is a bit too firm in the opera Blue­beard’s

Cas­tle. This is a fine trib­ute from one 20th-cen­tury mas­ter to an­other, but be­ware the ab­sence of sung texts. www.dg­web­shop.com

MICHAEL DERVAN

Var­i­ous or­ches­tras/Pierre Boulez Deutsche Gram­mophon 477 8125 (8 CDs)

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