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Reviews: Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra etc. - Zoltan Kocsis

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Site review by Castor May 30, 2004
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Review by stvnharr April 26, 2004 (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Hats off to Hungaroton on their first sacd release. And it's a winner as well. I enjoyed the performance of the Concerto for Orchestra. It compared favorably with the Munch Living Stereo 1955 recording in my collection. The fillins were very good as well. I especially enjoyed the Dance Suites, and thought they sounded exceptionally good.
I'll leave it to others for a critical appraisal.
The sound quality is something of a mixed bag. It is well balanced and good, but seems a shade less than the best DSD recordings. There is no information given as to recording system, but I would suspect that it is PCM, rather than DSD.
Nice to have a new label on board.

***May 30,2004***
The last page of the booklet states that the music was recorded by PHOENIX Studio. The SACD was mastered by Janos Gyori. No other information is given in the booklet or on the Hungaroton website.

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Review by nickc August 11, 2004 (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Perfect surround sound recording. I won't add anything to the previous reviews other than to say that the performances are just as good! Recorded at the Italian Institute in Budapest where Channel recorded the Ivan Fischer Rachmaninov 2. The recordings are quite different
Where the Channel is a huge, smooth mass of sound this Bartok is much sharper and more immediate; not just a product of the different music either. I now feel that I even prefer this even more than the Channel recording!

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Review by dschawv December 24, 2005 (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
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In comparing recordings, I was trying to compare Kocsis and Eschenbach.
The sound for the Kocsis is more alive and real.
The performance is one of the best.
It has the requisite flavor and spice. The extras are a real bonus as well.
If you enjoy Bartok, get this recording.
when you compare recordings, it really depends on your preference.
This will stay in my collection.

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