As I recall, Bartok also wrote a Concerto for Viola and Orchestra which is also a very nice listening experience.
Yes, the one completed by Tibor Serly. I have not heard it for ages but remember liking it a lot. I think it dates from his last years too. Like Beethoven and may other composers, Bartok reached sublime heights in his final, troubled, years.
The Concerto for Orchestra has long been a favorite of mine--an extraordinary piece of music.
Definitely, desert-island stuff. Maybe the best orchestral piece ever produced in the last century although there are many candidates for that title.
I recall as a kid listening to the Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 and thinking that this was music emanating from a factory, but these days I actually enjoy hearing them. Once the ears become "stretched", it's amazing how certain music is better tolerated, or even grows on one.
Yes it grows on you indeed ! Not to plug, but most or all of the Bartok I recorded for PS is very accessible.