Geza Anda - adding magic to Bartok

Geza Anda, Yehudi Menuhin And Ernest Bour Play Music Of Bartok – 1959 Vienna Festival – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Geza Anda - adding magic to Bartok

Geza Anda – adding magic to Bartok

Click on the link here for Audio Player – 1959 Vienna Festival  – Vienna Symphony, cond. by Ernest Bour – w/Geza Anda and Yehudi Menuhin, soloists – Part 1

Click on the link here for Audio Player – 1959 Vienna Festival –  Vienna Symphony, cond, by Ernest Bour -w/Geza Anda and Yehudi Menuhin, soloists – Part 2

Yehudi Menuhin - playing the 2nd Violin Concerto.

Yehudi Menuhin – playing the 2nd Violin Concerto.

Another rare concert this week. From the 1959 Vienna Festival in Austria, a concert by The Vienna Symphony conducted by the legendary Ernest Bour and featuring two other legends, Pianist Geza Anda and violinist Yehudi Menuhin in an all Bartok concert.

Broken up over two players – the top player features the 2nd Piano concerto and the bottom player features the 2nd Violin Concerto and the 3rd Piano Concerto. No original announcements, so the announcer at KPFK (where this tape aircheck comes from) wings it and manages to mangle Ernest Bour’s name – calling him Ernest Bauer. No big deal, unless that sort of thing drives you up the wall. But it should be noted there’s a nice chunk of crackle during the quiet parts of the second movement of the 3rd Piano concerto. Before the days of Digital and Streaming audio we had to contend with antennas and large cars idling nearby. For art you must suffer, I suppose.

But, all that said, it’s a great and classic concert by three of the most highly regarded musicians of the 20th century playing one of the most highly acclaimed composers of the 20th century.

Good times.

Ernest Bour - holding it all together.

Ernest Bour – holding it all together.

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1 Response

  1. centuri says:

    Again an incredible post ! Bour remains one of the most underrated conductors. He is known for supporting modern music but his Haydn for instance were also fantastic….in addition, 2 wonderful soloists…..can’t wait to listen to it !!!! THX so much.