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Britten/Bartók: The Prince of the Pagodas and The Miraculous Mandarin CD

Britten/Bartók: The Prince of the Pagodas and The Miraculous Mandarin CD

Ballet music for The Prince of the Pagodas and The Miraculous Mandarin from the London Sinfonietta and the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra.
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The Prince of the Pagodas and The Miraculous Mandarin both titles suggest Oriental fairytales. But while Britten set a fantastic scenario for choreographer John Cranko, Bartók controversially evoked an expressionist urban nightmare.

 

In his variation-based score, Britten salutes Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and the Javanese gamelan. Bartók, with atonality, complex textures and rhythms, and daring orchestration, illustrates vice and violence as a Chinese mandarin miraculously survives repeated murder attempts, only dying when his lust is assuaged.

 

The Prince of the Pagodas 

Music: Benjamin Britten

London Sinfonietta

Conductor: Oliver Knussen

Recorded: 1990

 

The Miraculous Mandarin

Music: Béla Bartók

London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra

Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst

Recorded: 1993

 

Running time: 147.62 mins (2 CDs)

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