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Karina Canellakis|Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Karina Canellakis, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

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Conductor Karina Canellakis was surrounded by a good deal of buzz when this live recording, her debut on the PentaTone label, was made in the summer of 2022, and the album is only going to increase the volume; it landed on classical best-seller charts in the spring of 2023. Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra was the ubiquitous modern music concert closer until fairly recently; now, the repertory is broader, but there are still plenty of alternatives for listeners wanting to hear this classic crowd-pleaser. Canellakis contributes something new to the dialogue, holding the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra together through a fast, urgent performance. Sample the second movement of the Concerto for Orchestra, which will be a good deal faster than what listeners may be used to. There is evidence that this is how Bartók wanted it, however, and Canellakis proceeds confidently. The high speeds continue in the fourth movement, where the big melody has perhaps a bit too much tension, and through an exciting, high-intensity finale. It is a fresh, bold approach to the work that is well worth hearing and bodes well for Canellakis' time with this orchestra. The curtain-raiser is the set of Four Orchestral Pieces from the early period of Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, a bit less distinctive but again showing excellent handling of Canellakis' new orchestra. PentaTone's live sound is clean and showcases the fine instrumental work on display here throughout.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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Karina Canellakis

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4 Orchestral Pieces, Sz. 51 (Béla Bartók)

1
I. Preludio. Moderato
00:08:13

Bela Bartok, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Canellakis, Conductor, MainArtist - Wirre de Vries, SoundEngineer - Reinis Bagāts, SoundEngineer

2023 Pentatone Music B.V. 2023 Pentatone Music B.V.

2
II. Scherzo. Allegro
00:06:09

Bela Bartok, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Canellakis, Conductor, MainArtist - Wirre de Vries, SoundEngineer - Reinis Bagāts, SoundEngineer

2023 Pentatone Music B.V. 2023 Pentatone Music B.V.

3
III. Intermezzo. Moderato
00:05:19

Bela Bartok, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Canellakis, Conductor, MainArtist - Wirre de Vries, SoundEngineer - Reinis Bagāts, SoundEngineer

2023 Pentatone Music B.V. 2023 Pentatone Music B.V.

4
IV. Marcia funebre. Maestoso
00:05:24

Bela Bartok, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Canellakis, Conductor, MainArtist - Wirre de Vries, SoundEngineer - Reinis Bagāts, SoundEngineer

2023 Pentatone Music B.V. 2023 Pentatone Music B.V.

Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 (Béla Bartók)

5
I. Introduzione. Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace - Tempo I
00:10:19

Bela Bartok, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Canellakis, Conductor, MainArtist - Wirre de Vries, SoundEngineer - Reinis Bagāts, SoundEngineer

2023 Pentatone Music B.V. 2023 Pentatone Music B.V.

6
II. Presentando le coppie. Allegretto scherzando
00:05:52

Bela Bartok, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Canellakis, Conductor, MainArtist - Wirre de Vries, SoundEngineer - Reinis Bagāts, SoundEngineer

2023 Pentatone Music B.V. 2023 Pentatone Music B.V.

7
III. Elegia. Andante, non troppo
00:07:53

Bela Bartok, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Canellakis, Conductor, MainArtist - Wirre de Vries, SoundEngineer - Reinis Bagāts, SoundEngineer

2023 Pentatone Music B.V. 2023 Pentatone Music B.V.

8
IV. Intermezzo interrotto. Allegretto
00:04:16

Bela Bartok, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Canellakis, Conductor, MainArtist - Wirre de Vries, SoundEngineer - Reinis Bagāts, SoundEngineer

2023 Pentatone Music B.V. 2023 Pentatone Music B.V.

9
V. Finale. Pesante - Presto
00:09:45

Bela Bartok, Composer - Everett Porter, Producer - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Karina Canellakis, Conductor, MainArtist - Wirre de Vries, SoundEngineer - Reinis Bagāts, SoundEngineer

2023 Pentatone Music B.V. 2023 Pentatone Music B.V.

Album review

Conductor Karina Canellakis was surrounded by a good deal of buzz when this live recording, her debut on the PentaTone label, was made in the summer of 2022, and the album is only going to increase the volume; it landed on classical best-seller charts in the spring of 2023. Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra was the ubiquitous modern music concert closer until fairly recently; now, the repertory is broader, but there are still plenty of alternatives for listeners wanting to hear this classic crowd-pleaser. Canellakis contributes something new to the dialogue, holding the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra together through a fast, urgent performance. Sample the second movement of the Concerto for Orchestra, which will be a good deal faster than what listeners may be used to. There is evidence that this is how Bartók wanted it, however, and Canellakis proceeds confidently. The high speeds continue in the fourth movement, where the big melody has perhaps a bit too much tension, and through an exciting, high-intensity finale. It is a fresh, bold approach to the work that is well worth hearing and bodes well for Canellakis' time with this orchestra. The curtain-raiser is the set of Four Orchestral Pieces from the early period of Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, a bit less distinctive but again showing excellent handling of Canellakis' new orchestra. PentaTone's live sound is clean and showcases the fine instrumental work on display here throughout.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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