Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection)

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Maria Yudina: A Great Russian Pianist

Maria Yudina: A Great Russian Pianist


Bartók:

Mikrokosmos (selection)

Recorded Jan 8 1964

Beethoven:

Eroica Variations, Op. 35

Recorded April 1961

Berg:

Piano Sonata, Op. 1

Recorded June 10 1964

Stravinsky:

Serenade in A for piano

Recorded March 2 1962

Concerto for Piano & Wind Instruments

Recorded Sept 1962

USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky


Maria Yudina (piano)

Maria Yudina [1899-1970] was famous in the 20th century for her uncompromising religious beliefs and standing up to Stalin. It is often forgotten that she was not only a consummate player of Bach (like Richter or Gould), but also of Beethoven and ‘decadent’ composers such as Bartók, Berg, Krenek and Stravinsky, the ‘cosmopolitan’ Russian, at a time when these composers were not only unknown but effectively banned in Soviet Russia. A genuinely unforgettable musical testimony.

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Bartók the Pianist

Bartók the Pianist


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Bartók:

Allegro barbaro, BB 63, Sz. 49

Medvetánc (Bear Dance) from 10 Easy Pieces Sz39/BB51

Romanian Dance, Sz. 43, BB 56: No. 1 - Allegro vivace

No. 2: Allegro giocoso from 14 Bagatelles Op.6/Sz38/BB50

No. 2: Kicsit ázottan… (A bit drunk…) from 3 Burlesques Op.8c/Sz47/BB55

Piano Suite, BB 70, Sz. 62, Op. 14

Hungarian Peasant Songs for piano (15), BB 79, Sz. 71: excerpts

Sonatina, BB 69, Sz. 55

Petite Suite, BB 113, Sz. 105

3 Hungarian Folk Tunes, BB 80b

Mikrokosmos (selection)

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

Brahms:

Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76 No. 2

Kodály:

Kitrakotty mese (Cockricoo!)

A rossz feleseg (The heartless wife)

Szomoru fuzlanak (The weeping willow)

Liszt:

Sursum corda (No. 7 from Années de pèlerinage: Troisième année)

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K427 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K212 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K537 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K70 in B flat major


Béla Bartók (piano)

The piano playing of Béla Bartók immortalized on sound recordings is an invaluable treasure trove not only for musicologists, composers and contemporary performing artists but also for the wider public. Bartók performed as a concert artist from 1904 for four decades almost without interruption. Thus, through his interpretations, we can gain a subtle impression of European performance practiced in the 20th century. Appearing after 35 years, this present edition offers a kind of distillation, a content-related notional essence of the previous Hungaroton publication released in 1981.

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Bartók: Complete Music for Two Pianos

Bartók: Complete Music for Two Pianos


Bartók:

Suite No. 2, Op. 4, BB. 40, Sz. 34

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (suite)

Mikrokosmos (selection)

Concerto for 2 pianos, percussion & orchestra, BB 121, Sz. 115

Federico Poli, Gianni Giangrasso (percussion) Federico Poli & Gianni Giangrasso (percussion)

Ligeti:

Pieces (3) for two pianos


Matteo Fossi & Marco Gaggini (pianos)

This 2-CD set presents a complete survey of Bartók's music for two pianos. The works and arrangements here all stem from Bartók's special artistic collaboration with his wife, the pianist Dittá Pásztory. From 1938, the couple began giving regular public concerts together, and this led the composer to write his version for two pianos of the Suite Op.4, an arrangement of seven of the pieces from Mikrokosmos, and the much‐loved Sonata for two pianos and percussion.

The works included here are testimony to Bartók's skilful and remarkably versatile approach to piano‐writing. In the Suite Op.4b, for example, Bartók radically revised the original orchestral score of the Suite Op.4 (one of his earliest works, and one of the first to bring to fruition the musical ideas that he explored after researching Hungarian music's rich folk heritage) to create a work that is so idiomatically pianistic that one would never guess it had originally been written for orchestra. By contrast, the transcription of the brilliantly colourful ballet score The Miraculous Mandarin brings the dramatic orchestration of this controversial work to life. The pieces from Mikrokosmos were originally studies for solo piano; in the twopiano arrangement Bartók transforms them into veritable virtuoso showpieces.

The Sonata for two pianos and percussion is one of Bartók's most famous works and its striking rhythmic experimentation and consummate assimilation of folk influences mark the culmination of the composer's mature style. Bartók's complete works for two pianos are complemented here by György Ligeti's Three Pieces for two pianos; Ligeti was greatly influenced by Bartók's legacy and went on to become one of the most important Hungarian composers of the twentieth century.

These challenging works are performed by acclaimed pianists Matteo Fossi and Marco Gaggini, who formed a piano duo while studying together in Florence in 2004. Their pioneering “Two Pianos Project” aims to extend the scope of the piano far beyond the confines of its traditional repertoire and has given rise to many warmly received recordings.

“Some great Bartók rarities here and the Sonata receives a spirited, noisy outing. The obsessive-sounding Ligeti may be more fun to play than to hear.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 ***

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Flash

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Miniatures for Marimba


Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden

arr. Hassler

Lute Suite No. 1 in E minor, BWV996

Bartók:

Mikrokosmos (selection)

Brophy:

Trance Ripples

Corea:

Children's Songs (excerpts)

Edwards, Ross:

Marimba Dances: first movement

Greenbaum, S:

April Revisited

Hindson:

Flash

Kabalevsky:

The First Book for Pianists: excerpts

Kats-Chernin:

Violet's Etude

Keller, A:

Pierrot the Clown

Rojas, D O:

Mirimba

Schumann:

Album for the Young, Op. 68 - excerpts

Shostakovich:

La Poupée Mecanique

Ballet Suite No. 3: Lyric Waltz (from Dances of the Dolls)

Histoire Gaie

Tchaikovsky:

Album for the Young, Op. 39 (extracts)


Claire Edwardes (marimba)

Flash is Claire’s second recording for Tall Poppies - a charming compilation of miniatures for the marimba. Inspired by her formative musical years as a pianist and her two young daughters, Claire has chosen a program of new and transcribed gems for the mellow sonorities of the grand five octave marimba. The Australian works have, in the most part, been written especially for the project, and these sit cheek-by-jowl with transcriptions of well-known children’s piano pieces by Bach, Bartók, Corea, Kabalevsky, Schumann and Tchaikovsky. New works for the marimba have been written by Claire’s long-term friends and collaborators Elena Kats-Chernin, Stuart Greenbaum, Andrea Keller, Daniel Rojas and Matthew Hindson - their works are true gifts to Claire, marimba players of the future and future listeners of this CD.

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Julius Drake: Songs Without Words

Julius Drake: Songs Without Words


Bartók:

Mikrokosmos (selection)

Brahms:

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

Britten:

Holiday Diary, Op. 5: Night

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 5 - Erotikon

Janacek:

On An Overgrown Path: The Madonna of Frydek

Liszt:

Der Doppelganger (No. 12 from Schwanengesang, S560, after Schubert)

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words, Op. 30 No. 6 in F sharp minor 'Venezianisches Gondellied No. 2'

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Poulenc:

Berceuse

Schubert:

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 2 in A flat

Schumann:

Mignon, Op. 68 No. 35

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Kind im Einschlummern

Album for the Young (No. 1: Melody)


Julius Drake (piano)

Julius Drake is renowned as one of the best accompanists working today and has chosen the ATMA label to record his first solo CD. He has conceived this recording as a personal journal and performs selections from Brahms’ Intermezzi, Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte and Schubert’s Moments musicaux, among others.

“It's a treat to hear [Drake] take centre stage...the recital evokes lullabies and moonlight, nostalgia and intimacy, all of it cushioned by Drake's warm sound, beautiful phrasing and affectionate touch...There's a lovely unity to it and the pieces are well ordered to complement one another.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ****

“Ironically, this solo recital may serve its most useful purpose in an accompanying role, for sophisticated background music at a small gathering or dinner party. Not that there's anything wrong with that…” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Bartók plays Bartók

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)

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.

“Bartók's pianism is full of colour and life.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2010 ****

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Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection)

Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection)


CD 1

01) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book I – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.1-23 (7.34)

02) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book I – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.24-31 (3.11)

03) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book I – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.32-36 (4.34)

04) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book II – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.37-42 (3.21)

05) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book II – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.43-44 (0.48)

06) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book II – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.45-48 (2.57)

07) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book II – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.49-54 (3.30)

08) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book II – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.55-61 (4.53)

09) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book II – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.62-66 (3.39)

10) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book III – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.67-73 (5.16)

11) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book III – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.74-83 (7.06)

12) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book III – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.84-89 (5.57)

13) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book III – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.90-96 (6.37)

CD 2

01) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book IV – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.97-103 (7.44)

02) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book IV – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.104-110 (7.43)

03) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book IV – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.111-116 (7.01)

04) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book IV – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.117-121 (4.04)

05) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book V – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.122-129 (7.45)

06) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book V – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.130-133 (4.26)

07) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book V – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.134-139 (7.05)

08) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book VI – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.140-143 (6.35)

09) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book VI – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.144-147 (10.25)

10) Bartok: Mikrokosmos, book VI – progressive pieces for piano, Sz107 - Nos.148-153 (8.32)


Georges Solchany (piano)

“Despite Solchany's insights, Bartók's masterly pedagogical series of 153 piano pieces were never intended to be heard as a cycle, so grouping up to 23 pieces on each track and omitting titles make this set unusable.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2009

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On Bartók's Piano II

On Bartók's Piano II


Bartók:

Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 74, Op. 20

Mikrokosmos (selection)

Hungarian Folk Songs

Rhapsody for Cello & Piano No. 1, Sz.88

Kodály:

Szélkely keserves

Valsette

Dances of Marosszék

Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 4


Great Hungarian pianists of the 21st century play Bartók's original piano at the Béla Bartók Memmorial House.

Subtitles: English/German/French/Italian

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Zoltan Kocsis: On Bartok's Piano Vol.1

Zoltan Kocsis: On Bartok's Piano Vol.1


Bartók:

Mikrokosmos (selection)

Mikrokosmos Vol. 2 No. 62 'Minor Sixths in Parallel Motion'

For Children (Selection from Book I & II)

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1

Liszt:

Ave Maria IV in G major, S545/R194


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Bartok: Kontraste & Mikrokosmos (excerpts)

Bartok: Kontraste & Mikrokosmos (excerpts)


Bartók:

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

Mikrokosmos (selection)


Joseph Szigeti (violin), Benny Goodman (clarinet)

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