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Outstanding Bartok

When she worked with the ASMF, I got to dislike Iona Brown's work. But that's at least a decade ago; and being on the hunt for good digital recording of the Divertimento, I sampled this. Well, I have to say that the musicians on this album seem to get on like a house on fire. They attack the Bartokian rhythms with enormous gusto and a really snappy attack. Quite an exhilarating album resulted. And as far as the Divertimento is concerned, it is unquestionably in the top bracket - totally unpretentious, spontaneous, unanimous and brilliantly recorded. Highly recommended. (I don't put things in the 5 star bracket as a rule; I hate hyperbole; and in my view 5 stars should be reserved for things so good that they are companions for life, like Solti's Ring Cycle. But don't let this deter you, if you need a really outstanding account of these works, this will serve splendidly).


Born: 07 January 1941 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Iona Brown, violinist and conductor, was best known for her work with chamber orchestras. Her family was a highly musical one, and she was encouraged to explore her talents from a young age. She joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 1955, remaining with it for five years. She was then sent to the Continent to study; her teachers were Hugh Maguire in London, Remy Principe in Rome, and Henryk Szeryng in Paris and Nice. She also studied music in Vienna and Brussels. While also working...
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