Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 1; Piano Concerto No. 2; Piano Concerto No. 3; Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion; Rhapsody; Scherzo

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COMPOSERS: Bartok
LABELS: Vox Legends
WORKS: Piano Concerto No. 1; Piano Concerto No. 2; Piano Concerto No. 3; Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion; Rhapsody; Scherzo
PERFORMER: György Sandór (piano); Various conductors and orchestras
CATALOGUE NO: CDX2 5506 ADD (2 discs) (1958-9/65/74)
Sandór gave the world premiere of Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto in 1946 and brings a special intuitive authority to this repertoire. Sadly, the performances are severely let down by scrappy orchestral playing and emaciated sound. Sandór’s remakes of the concertos for Sony, or Géza Anda’s inspirational set for DG are far better propositions. Erik Levi

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