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20th Century Portraits

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4808477

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 5th January 2015



Grace Bumbry (mezzo-soprano)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra


Lorin Maazel


Bartok, Bela

Concerto for orchestra, Sz116 BB123
Pictures (2), op.10 BB59

Falla, Manuel de

El amor brujo
El sombrero de tres picos (The three-cornered hat)
» Dance of the miller's wife
» Danza del molinero (Miller's dance)
» Danza final
» Neighbour's dance

Stravinsky, Igor

Le Chant du Rossignol
The Firebird (L'Oiseau de feu)


Grace Bumbry (mezzo-soprano)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra


Lorin Maazel


Some of Lorin Maazel’s first recordings were made for Deutsche Grammophon when he was merely 27. This collection presents vivid performances of three great 20th-century ballet scores, all infused with the folk rhythms of their respective composers’ native lands - Falla’s Andalusia and Stravinsky’s Russia.

Both composers also exploited the most sophisticated orchestral textures available to the late Romantics, creating virtuoso showpieces of kaleidoscopic variety. They are interpreted here by the young Maazel and his Berlin Radio Orchestra, in recordings whose orchestral splendor astounds the ear today, just as the original releases dazzled critics and the public decades ago.

Completing his survey of music from the early part of the 20th century, recorded for DG with orchestras from Berlin, are recordings of music by Bartók made in 1979 and released internationally on CD for the first time.

a good orchestra, with excellent players and admirable cohesion, plenty of imagination, warm recording; and by far the best singer this ballet has yet had on disc. Grace Bumbry has not only a rich, well-managed voice but a true understanding of the style [El amor brujo]; exuberance of spirit, splendid playing, with great finesse of tonal gradations and first rate attack in the farruca; excellent balance [El sombrero de tres picos]’ - Gramophone (Falla)

these recordings capture a fearless, even brash talent … the edge-of-your-seat results end up as some of the most exciting records he would ever make’ - Star Ledger (Falla, Stravinsky)

there is some bewitching playing here … in the kaleidoscopic, entrancing Song of the Nightingale. The recording could hardly be bettered’ - Gramophone (Stravinsky)

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