Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin / Dance Suite /
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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.