Ah....the joy of actually having time to REALLY listen to something great! Today was the ever amazing Mr. Bartok and his Concerto for Orchestra. On top of that, the Philadelphia Orchestra to boot! Just intense and great moments to be heard.
What can be said about Bela Bartok that has not already been said. The man did so much for music. People either HATE him or LOVE him. I happen to be of the latter opinion. I think that he is on the level with that of Beethoven and Bach. Maybe not just for his contributions to compositions, but also to his efforts in musicology (like inventing the discipline), and that of the music of his native Hungary. No one else can really say that GAVE as much to music as artok, either than the earlier mentioned demi-gods Beethoven and Bach.
What say you?