New Symphony Orchestra of London
Tibor Serly and Franco Autori, conductors
Béla Bartók heard his complete work, The Miraculous Mandarin; a pantomime with music, performed only once in his life. With one exception, all further public performances were banned on account of the stage action (a woman and a man embrace each other). The concert suite, prepared by the composer, contains somewhat over half of the complete score. The Dance Suite was Béla Bartók’s contribution to a festive concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the unification of Pest, Buda and Óbuda into one city, Budapest, in 1923. Tibor Serly created the Mikrokosmos Suite using seven pieces from the piano series of the same title and one folk song Bartók had earlier set to piano. On this record he conducts this work as well as The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Franco Autori conducts the Dance Suite.