&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin / Dance Suite /
Hungarian Pictures

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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Marin Alsop finds an ideal balance between the music’s facets of showpiece and dance, with its lurid storytelling never giving way to pure display. Alsop captures the rhythms and textural detail with an innate sense of the music’s style.

Matthew Rye, The Telegraph (UK)

9th May 2005

Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony play The Miraculous Mandarin complete rather than in the always unsatisfactory concert suite that Bartók made from his pantomime, which just removes the last third of the score and tacks on a concert ending. Everything about Alsop’s performance, though, has a genuine, steely integrity; her grip on the sometimes garish dramatic structure is always utterly secured and the way in which the intensity is steadily ratcheted up as the drama unfolds is totally convincing.

Andrew Clements, The Guardian (UK)

9th May 2005