Neither the disillusionment that set in after his exile to the United States nor his declining health stopped Bartók from fulfilling his commission for the Concerto for Orchestra or from writing his Piano Concerto No.3. The latter was his final work, intended to secure his wife’s future. Though born out of gloomy circumstances, these two masterpieces gained him a long-awaited American audience. They are magnificently served here by Javier Perianes and the musicians of the Munich Philharmonic under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado.
International release: January 26, 2018