GISÈLE BEN-DOR , conductor



Bela Bartok

  • For Children
  • Divertimento
  • Romanian Folk Dances


The Strad
"This CD is as pleasing as the whimsical painting that graces the liner notes. It opens with a splendid reading of 31 pieces from Bartók's piano score entitled For Children . Bartók's famed Divertimento...opens with refreshing rhythmic verve...strong rhythms and sweeping melodies caught up in a mmagical web of dissonance are presented with the right blend of modesty and élan ."

Turok's Choice
"Lovely transcriptions of Bartók's For Children for strings, along with his Divertimento, impressively handled by Ben-Dor and the Sofia Soloists."

Baltimore Sun
"A marvelous Bartók anthology...Ben-Dor's affection for Bartok has translated into first-class music making...Ben-Dor's reading is a delightful, affectionate, warm-blooded reading as good as any in the catalog."

Santa Barbara News-Press
"Ben-Dor and charges dig in with fervor, while not forsaking a folksy gutsiness and flair...The Bartók Collection takes us off the beaten path... For Children flips quickly from one ingratiating mood to another."

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