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Bartók
Concerto for Orchestra
Lutosławski
Concerto for Orchestra
Fanfare for Louisville
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Järvi

Recorded on 1 & 2 May 2005 in Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio
CD No: TELARC CD-80618
Duration: 72 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
Two twentieth-century concerto-showpieces both popular and exacting. Paavo Järvi’s scrupulous and refined approach finds his Cincinnati musicians both virtuoso and sympathetic. The vivid recording can be overly-clinical and lack depth; and if an earthier response is needed to both scores there is much colour, vitality and sensitivity to energise one’s loudspeakers, especially in the Bartók, and Lutosławski’s ear-grabbing cacophonous Fanfare.
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