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    Default Bela Bartok - the wooden prince

    Yes after hearing and loving the miraculeous mandarin which was a ballet, i decide to take a chance whit Bartok's Wooden prince.Quite interresting work the¸atmosphere is fantastic has always , bartok never disapointed me before.

    Its a shame its relatively unknow among great ballet, maybe it depend on the lisener heh?

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    I definitely think Bartok's music does more for the story than the other way around!
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Bartok had a way of writing ballets that were underperformed. But this piece, what an opening!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Bartok had a way of writing ballets that were underperformed. But this piece, what an opening!
    Oh yes! And the Dance of the Trees (Second Dance) and the Dance of the Waves (Third Dance) are spectacular also. This ballet is a masterpiece. And by the way, I would recommend Boulez's DG recording with the Chicago SO wholeheartedly (if you have not acquire it yet).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dholling View Post
    I would recommend Boulez's DG recording with the Chicago SO wholeheartedly (if you have not acquire it yet).
    Definitely a great recording and performance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dholling View Post
    Oh yes! And the Dance of the Trees (Second Dance) and the Dance of the Waves (Third Dance) are spectacular also. This ballet is a masterpiece. And by the way, I would recommend Boulez's DG recording with the Chicago SO wholeheartedly (if you have not acquire it yet).
    That disc won a Grammy, and the Cantata Profana is just (if not more so) as spectacular as The Wooden Prince

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaparula View Post
    That disc won a Grammy, and the Cantata Profana is just (if not more so) as spectacular as The Wooden Prince
    I've had this CD since it was a new release, but never even realized that this album is a Grammy winner.


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    It's a very rich work full of details, it does require a lot of balance and timing control between conductor and orchestra to bring out all its colors. It's better to favour the Debussy in it than the Strauss.

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    Very good work by Bartok. The Mandarin, I like more but it is so rich and playful. Very underrated ballet score, worth checking out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deprofundis View Post
    Yes after hearing and loving the miraculeous mandarin which was a ballet, i decide to take a chance whit Bartok's Wooden prince.Quite interresting work the¸atmosphere is fantastic has always , bartok never disapointed me before.

    Its a shame its relatively unknow among great ballet, maybe it depend on the lisener heh?
    This is one of Bartok's great orchestral successes and I was surprised to see it described as "underrated". But I'll have to concede that point as I see the Chicago Symphony and LA Philharmonic both performed it for the first time in 1987 under Pierre Boulez, 70 years after it was written. I've long had the Dorati/LSO recording, great performance and good sound quality for its day (1964).

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    I saw it once performed complete with the ballet at the Holland festival many years ago and the conductur was Antal Dorati,it was very exciting and I was spellbound .

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    I have recordings by Boulez with the CSO and Dorati, but I have to admit the piece doesn't make much of an impression on me, and I find it to be a major letdown after Mandarin. I'll give it another spin

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    Sounds wooden to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Sounds wooden to me.
    Hilarious that dry humour

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