Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (complete ballet), etc.

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Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (complete ballet), etc.



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The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (complete ballet)

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Hungarian Sketches, BB 103, Sz. 97

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Marin Alsop



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Bela Bartok: A csodalatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), Op. 19, BB 82

Opening – The girl and three tramps

First seduction game: the shabby old rake

Second seduction game: the young student

Third seduction game

The Mandarin enters and remains immobile in the doorway

The girl begins a hesitant dance…

The Mandarin stumbles – the chase becomes even more passionate

The three tramps leap out, seize the Mandarin and tear him away from the girl

Suddenly the Mandarin’s head appears between the pillows and he looks longingly at the girl

The terrified tramps discuss how they are to get rid of the Mandarin

The body of the Mandarin begins to glow with a greenish blue light

She resists no longer – they embrace

Bela Bartok: Dance Suite, BB 86b

I. Moderato

II. Allegro molto

III. Allegro vivace

IV. Molto tranquillo

V. Comodo - Finale

Bela Bartok: Magyar kepek (Hungarian Sketches), BB 103

An Evening in the Village

Bear Dance


Slightly Tipsy

Swineherd's Dance

BBC Music Magazine

June 2005


“Marin Alsop enters flamboyantly into the baleful spirit of the ballet, with rhythms sharp as a whiplash and a recording that makes beautifully audible each louche glissando, hysterical tremolando or feverish piano arpeggio. The Bournemouth orchestra covers itself in glory by the sheer colourfulness and intensity of its playing.”

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