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Bartok Piano Concertos

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, San Francisco Symphony

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A Slice of Bartók’s Musical Life

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins forces with the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen for a recording of Bartók’s Complete Piano Concertos. A pianist himself, Bartók imbued his three concertos with multiple aspects of his compositional persona, ranging from complex and innovative (the First) to exuberant (the Second) and serene (the Third). The result is a fascinating slice of his musical life.

This all-Bartók release marks the first Pentatone collaboration between Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony, an ensemble he has reshaped through creative performance concepts and expansive new media projects.

A renowned champion of twentieth-century music, Pierre-Laurent Aimard has released multiple acclaimed albums in his exclusive contract with Pentatone, including Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux (2018) and Visions de l’Amen (2022), along with Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata & Eroica Variations (2021). He also joined Tamara Stefanovich in Etudes and Frames (2023), with music by Vassos Nicolaou. Salonen returns to the label for the first time since his recording of Stravinsky’s Perséphone (2018); the San Francisco Symphony previously appeared on the 2005 Pentatone release Young America.


Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Tracklist

Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
1.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Major, Sz. 83 - I. Allegro moderato - Allegro
09:27
2.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Major, Sz. 83 - II. Andante - attacca
07:42
3.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Major, Sz. 83 - III. Allegro molto
07:25
4.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Sz. 95 - I. Allegro
09:50
5.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Sz. 95 - II. Adagio - Presto - Più adagio
12:50
6.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Sz. 95 - III. Allegro molto
06:29
7.
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Major, Sz. 119 - I. Allegretto
07:59
8.
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Major, Sz. 119 - II. Adagio religioso
10:21
9.
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Major, Sz. 119 - III. Allegro vivace
07:18

Total time: 01:19:21

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Release DateSeptember 15, 2023

1 review for Bartok Piano Concertos

    I was so excited to see these 3 Piano Concertos here on NativeDSD. I have loved them for half a century, and didn’t hesitate to purchase these downloads, as they were in such high definition sound, and with 2 very famous international performers.

    Sadly I find them quite dull, colorless, routine, and seriously lacking in imagination. They’re dismally deadpan and uneventful. Extremely disappointing, and nowhere near as exciting as these great works deserve to be!

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