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Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3

(Gyorgy Sandor, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting; Columbia, 6 sides). First recording of one of the major works of a composer whom the U.S. is only beginning to appreciate (TIME, March 18, 1946). Dying in Manhattan in 1945, Hungarian Bela Bartok put aside other projects to write this concerto, hoping it would help support his widow. He had finished all but the last 17 measures (and had outlined them) when he died. The concerto, melodic and original, is free of the harmonic obtuseness which put listeners...

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