Bartók plays Bartók

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Bartók plays Bartók

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111343
(8.111343)

Discs:

1

Release date:

4th Jan 2010

Barcode:

0747313334322

Length:

70 minutes

Medium:

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Bartók plays Bartók


Bartók:

Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111

Recorded on 13th May, 1940 in New York

Rhapsody for Violin & Piano No. 1, BB 94a, Sz. 86

Recorded on 4th May, 1940 in New York

Mikrokosmos (selection)

Recorded 29th-30th April, 7th and 16th May, 1940 in New York


Joseph Szigeti (violin), Benny Goodman (clarinet) & Béla Bartók (piano)

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Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert Thorn

This disc presents Béla Bartók’s complete published American Columbia recordings, made in a series of sessions in New York in April and May 1940.

Although this was a time of great difficulty for the émigré composer, with the upheaval of migration, the strain of illness and several career challenges, one can only be compelled by the fire and dynamism of his playing and rewarded by his interaction with legendary violinist Joseph Szigeti and clarinettist Benny Goodman.

These authoritative interpretations of his music rank among the musical treasures of the wartime discography.

Bela Bartok: Contrasts, BB 116

I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)

II. Piheno (Relaxation)

III. Sebes (Fast Dance)

Bela Bartok: Rhapsody No. 1, BB 94a

I. Lassu: Moderato

II. Friss: Allegretto moderato

Bela Bartok: Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4: No. 113. Bulgarian Rhythm I

Bela Bartok: Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 5

No. 129. Alternating Thirds

No. 131. Fourths

No. 128. Peasant Dance

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4

No. 120. Fifth Chords

No. 109. From the Island of Bali

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 5

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 5: No. 138. Bagpipe Music

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4: No. 100. In Folk Song Style

Bela Bartok: Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6

No. 142. From the Diary of a Fly

No. 140. Free Variations

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 5

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 5: No. 133. Syncopation III

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6

No. 149. Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm II

No. 148. Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm I

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4: No. 108. Wrestling

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6

No. 150. Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm III

No. 151. Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm IV

Bela Bartok: Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 3

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 3: No. 94. Tale

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6

No. 152. Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm V

No. 153. Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm VI

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 5

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 5: No. 126. Change of Time

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4: No. 116. Melody

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 5

No. 130. Village Joke

No. 139. Merry Andrew

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6

No. 143. Divided Arpeggios

No. 147. March

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6: No. 144. Minor Seconds, Major Sevenths

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4

No. 97. Notturno

No. 118. Triplets in 9/8 Time

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6: No. 141. Subject and Reflection

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 5

No. 136. Whole-tone Scale

No. 125. Boating

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 4: No. 114. Theme and Inversion

BBC Music Magazine

April 2010

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“Bartók's pianism is full of colour and life.”

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