First, my background in the past 5 years, is 1950's
jazz (Ellington, Monk, Mingus, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy)
coupled with Jean Luc Ponty, and some 1970's rock like
Frank Zappa (who has a Bartok number of his album
Make a Jazz Noise Here, I believe), and Igor Stravinsky's
lunch box collection, of about 30 CD'sm and Purcell's
boxset, interpreting English Aristocracy numbers.
Secondly, I was familiar with many releases of Bartok
such as on PHILIPS label, and others ... which were
excellent. I just decided to take the plunge, and
congratulate the composer, Bela Bartok for his work,
and technology, musicians, recording specialists
and HUNGAROTON for taking the time to re-release this
on CD's. There was no question the efforts of all
those people, needed rewarding.
Third, the sound is fantastic and sensational (excuse
my excess verbiage)... there's great 3D sound on
my Logitec 5 Piece sound system, incl. the heavy bass
speaker, that ppl can get for $..., for example.
Next, the interpretations ... no disappointments
anywhere, so far, so good. The classic works, such
as the Concerto, or 3 piano pieces, on PHILIPS already,
were very similar. However, the chamber works were
very strong on this Bartok Edition...in fact, the sound
and performances are consistently excellent, as well
as the quality of the instrument (violin) in question...
the actual sound heard from it, suggest quality, quality
Therefore, although I've heard maybe 20 percent of
the Edition (30 Cd's approx) so far, it's without question,
a staple edition, next to my Stravinsky lunch box and
my Purcell edition as well, although the latter I tend
to play a lot less frequently than most music.
I recommend this set, without question, to everyone
who can handle the purchase price! If you have family,
friends or need to cool down, relax, reduce the cardiac
blockages, stress level or need some time away from
television, this is the perfect gift.