Bartók: Four Old Hungarian Songs

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Bartók: Piano Works

Bartók: Piano Works


Bartók:

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

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

Four Old Hungarian Songs

Piano Sonata, BB 88, Sz. 80

Romanian Folk Dances for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68

14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38


"At last, something genuinely new."

It was in these terms that Ferruccio Busoni greeted the publication in 1908 of the 14 Bagatelles, in which Béla Bartók conveyed the violent aesthetic impact of his discovery of authentic Hungarian peasant music. Over the next 20 years, up to the magisterial Sonata of 1926, he indefatigably refined an innovative pianistic language: pungent, dissonant, percussive, with multiple new playing techniques, that was to influence the entire 20th century. A master of every style, from Haydn to Boulez by way of Chopin and Chabrier, Alain Planès is revealed here as a Bartókian of the front rank.

“The sense of relish with which he delves deep into Bartók's personal idiom is quite irresistable...one of his finest qualities if that he never compromises on tone quality. Bartók's own recordings as a pianist reveal an exceptionally clear, singing touch that is never heavy-handed and Planès is absolutely true to the composer's rigour and poise.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 ****

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Zoltan Kocsis - A Tribute

Zoltan Kocsis - A Tribute


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV743 'Ach, was ist doch unser Leben'

Bartók:

Rhapsody for Violin & Orchestra No. 1, BB 94b, Sz. 87

Barnabás Kelemen (violin)

Zoltán Kocsis

Four Slovak Folksongs for Mixed Chorus, Sz 70

Zoltán Kocsis

Four Old Hungarian Songs

Zoltán Kocsis

Hungarian Peasant Songs for orchestra, BB 107, Sz. 100

Zoltán Kocsis

Romanian Folk Dances for orchestra, Sz. 68, BB 76

Zoltán Kocsis

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Zoltán Kocsis

Chopin:

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Debussy:

Petite Suite: En bateau

Ariettes Oubliées (6)

Dvorak:

Sonatina for violin and piano in G major, Op. 100: Scherzo

János Bálint (violin)

Grainger:

Molly on the Shore

Kodály:

Seven Piano Pieces, Op. 11: II. Szekely Lament

Liszt:

Csárdás obstinée, S. 225 No. 2

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, K238

Zoltán Kocsis (piano/conductor)

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 32 No. 3 in E major

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: We have seen the true light

Ravel:

Menuet antique

Sibelius:

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Miklos Perenyi (cello)

Wagner:

Parsifal Act 2: Flower Maidens' Scene and Finale


”The sort of musical talent Zoltán Kocsis displays is something we’re blessed with maybe once or twice a century. It is a priceless treasure that we should take good care of!” – writes György Kroó, an influential music critic of his time on 21 March 1970 about the then 18-year-old young musician. The quotation clearly illustrates the extent of professional interest in Kocsis’ achievements already in the early days of his career, and the expectations kept rising only to put a heavy burden and responsibility on the pianist. Many others have been seen to collapse under such pressure. A large number of young competition-winning talents – even prodigies – tend to disappear after a few years and fail to embark upon the career their talent would have destine them to pursue. Only a handful of them can keep up consistent and conscientious work and live up to the high expectations. From this perspective as well,Kocsis boasted an unprecedented career: during the 46 and a half years that elapsed between his first Beethoven competition and his painfully premature death, his record of achievement was unparalleled fulfilling every hope and prophecy – and even beyond. Besides his glittering career as a pianist in domestic and international concert halls, he also created a lasting and momentous legacy as a conductor, composer, orchestrator, director and remained a committed individual and public figure with a strong presence on Hungary’s musical scene.

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Bartók & Folk

Bartók & Folk

Complete works for male choir, interspersed with folk music


Bartók:

Four Old Hungarian Songs

Szekely Folksongs, BB 106

Slovak Folksongs, BB 77

Elmult idokbol (From Olden Times), BB 112

trad.:

Béres legény jól megrakd a szekered (Farm labourer lad, load the cart well)


Balázs Szokolay Dongó (flute/bagpipe tárogató), Márk Bubnó (gardon/percussive cello)

Saint Ephraim Mail Choir, Tamás Bubnó

The least known area of Bartók’s musical legacy is his choral works, including the six male choruses. He wrote the first when he was 22 and the last when he was 54: these compositions run almost throughout his composing career – from the youthful post-Romantic blooming, through his folksong arrangements based on experiences gained on field trips, which influenced his whole life and outlook, to one of the greatest works ever written for male choir: a chorus suite entitled From Olden Times.

Between Bartók’s works we hear authentic folk music and an extension of it, which gives an insight into the sources, the musical and psycho- logical experiences that may have touched the composer on his field trips: these are played by Balázs Szokolay Dongó on the bagpipes.

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Bartók: Complete Choral Works

Bartók: Complete Choral Works


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Bartók:

Twenty-Seven Choruses for Two & Three Parts, A Cappella, Sz 103

Evening for male choir (1903), BB 30, DD 74

Slovak Folksongs, BB 77

Dorfszenen Sz 78

Szekely Folksongs, BB 106

Hungarian Folksongs, BB 99

Four Old Hungarian Songs

Elmult idokbol (From Olden Times), BB 112

Romanian Folk Songs (2), BB 57


Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Choir of selected students of the Liszt Academy and the Eötvös Loránd University, Laszlo Doszay

Bartók’s choral works almost certainly comprise the least known niche of his oeuvre. The primary reason for this may be that these pieces are strongly linked to language (Hungarian, Romanian and Slovak folk texts), are for the most part untranslatable, and in translation are un-sing able, thus even the children’s and women’s choruses often sung in Hungary (mainly for pedagogical purposes) are not popular outside Hungarian speaking territories. Yet these compositions, even purely in terms of number, represent an important thread in the composer’s work, and in terms of artistic value are worth no less than the more imposing pieces.

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OD Highlights

OD Highlights


Barber:

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Bartók:

Four Old Hungarian Songs

Bossi, M E:

Il brivido (text: G. Pascoli)

David, J N:

Wir zogen in das Feld

Gounod:

Gloire immortelle de nos aïeux (from Faust)

Milhaud:

Psaume 121, Op. 72

Peterson-Berger:

På fjället i sol

Reger:

An das Meer (text: O.F. Gensichen)

Saint-Saëns:

Saltarelle Op. 74

Söderman:

Ett bondbröllop: I bröllopsgården (text: Richard Gustafsson)

Strauss, R:

Traumlicht, No. 2 of Drei Männerchöre AV123

Suchon:

Three Slovakian Folksongs

Tormis:

The Songs of Hamlet (text: Paul-Eerik Rummo)

trad.:

Hej dunkom

Uti vår hage

Verdi:

Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore)

Wikander:

Kung Liljekonvalje (text: Gustav Fröding)


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Béla Bartók: Complete Works

Béla Bartók: Complete Works


Bartók:

Scherzo (Burlesque) for piano & orchestra, Sz. 28

Budapest Symphony Orchestra, György Lehel

Kossuth Symphonic Poem Sz21

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Két Kép (Two Images), Op. 10, BB 59

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Roumanian Dance, Sz. 47a, BB 61

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Four Orchestral Pieces Op. 12 (Sz 51)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Suite No. 1, Op. 3, BB. 39, Sz. 31

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

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

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Romanian Folk Dances for orchestra, Sz. 68, BB 76

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Danses of Transylvania BB 102b

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Hungarian Sketches, BB 103, Sz. 97

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Hungarian Peasant Songs for orchestra, BB 107, Sz. 100

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Divertimento for Strings, Sz. 113

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Violin Concerto No. 1, BB48a, Sz 36

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Two Portraits Op. 5

Erich Binder (violin)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnányi

Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112

Viktoria Mullova (violin)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Rhapsody for Violin & Orchestra No. 1, BB 94b, Sz. 87

Gil Shaham (violin)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Rhapsody for Violin & Orchestra No. 2, BB 96b, Sz. 90

Gil Shaham (violin)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Viola Concerto, BB 128, Sz. 120

Yuri Bashmet (viola)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Scherzo (Burlesque) for piano & orchestra, Sz. 28

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Rhapsody for piano & orchestra, Op. 1, BB36b, Sz. 27

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

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

Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire (pianos), Jan Labordus & Jan Pustjens (percussion)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, David Zinman

Piano Concerto No. 1, BB 91, Sz. 83

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Piano Concerto No. 2, BB 101, Sz. 95

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11

Christa Ludwig (Judith), Walter Berry (Bluebeard)

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

The Wooden Prince

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (complete ballet)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

String Quartets Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Takács Quartet

Piano Quintet

Suzanne Bradbury (piano), Silvestri Quartet

Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion, BB 115, Sz. 110

Martha Argerich & Stephen Kovacevich (piano), Willy Goudswaard & Michael De Roo (percussion)

Andante in A major, DD 70, BB 26

Susanne Stanzeleit (violin), Gustáv Fenyo (piano)

Violin Sonata in E minor, BB28

Susanne Stanzeleit (violin), Gustáv Fenyo (piano)

From Gyergyó (Gyergyóból) Sz. 35, BB 45a

Gábor Kállay (recorder), Emese Virágh (piano)

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

János Starker (cello), György Sebök (piano)

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

Arvid Engegard (violin), Elmar Schmid (clarinet), András Schiff (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84, Sz. 75

Leila Josefowicz (violin), John Novacek (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85, Sz. 76

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Lambert Orkis (piano)

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

Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Peter Nagy (piano)

Rhapsody for Violin & Piano No. 2, BB 96a, Sz. 89

Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Peter Nagy (piano)

44 Duos for Two Violins, BB 104, Sz. 98

Sarah Nemtanu & Déborah Nemtanu (violins)

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Viktoria Mullova (violin)

Four Old Hungarian Songs

Hungarian Army Male Chorus, Zoltán Vásárhelyi

Szekely Folksongs, BB 106

Hungarian Army Male Chorus, Zoltán Vásárhelyi

Elmult idokbol (From Olden Times), BB 112

Hungarian Army Male Chorus, Zoltán Vásárhelyi

Songs (from 27 Two- and Three-Part Choruses, BB 111)

Győr Girls' Choir, Miklós Szabó

Evening for male choir (1903), BB 30, DD 74

Honvéd Ensemble Male Choir, András Tóth

Romanian Folk Songs (2), BB 57

Choir of Students of the Liszt Academy and Eotvos Lorand University, Laszlo Dobszay

Four Slovak Folksongs for Mixed Chorus, Sz 70

Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Miklós Szabó

Slovak Folksongs, BB 77

Hungarian Army Male Chorus, Zoltán Vásárhelyi

3 Village Scenes, BB 87b, Sz. 79

SLUK Slovakian Folk Ensemble Choir

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Hungarian Folksongs, BB 99

Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Miklós Szabó

Cantata Profana 'The Nine Enchanted Stags', BB 100, Sz. 94

Tamas Daroczy, Alexandru Agache, Choir of Hungarian Radio & TV

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Georg Solti

Hungarian Folksongs (5), for voice & orchestra, BB. 108, Sz. 101

Julia Hamari

Hungarian State Orchestra, Janos Kovacs

Seven Choruses with Orchestral Accompaniment, BB 111, Sz. 103

Chamber Chorus of the Liszt Academy of Music

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Hungarian Folksongs, Series 1, BB 42

Eszter Kovács (soprano), Adám Fellegi (piano)

Hungarian Folksongs, Series 2, BB 43

Terézia Csajbók (soprano), Lóránt Szucs (piano)

8 Hungarian Folksongs, BB 47, Sz. 64

Eszter Kovács (soprano), Adám Fellegi (piano)

20 Hungarian Folksongs, BB 98

Erika Sziklay (soprano), István Lantos (piano)

Liebeslieder, Sz. 13, BB 20

Mária Celeng (soprano), Simon Lepper (piano)

Four Songs for voice and piano BB 24, DD 67

Andrea Meláth (mezzo-soprano), Emese Virágh (piano)

Evening, for voice and piano, BB 29

Andrea Meláth (mezzo-soprano), Emese Virágh (piano)

Székely Folksong 'The Red Apple', BB 34, Sz. 30

Andrea Meláth (mezzo-soprano), Emese Virágh (piano)

Two Hungarian Folksongs, for voice and piano, BB 44, Sz. 33b

Andrea Meláth (mezzo-soprano), Emese Virágh (piano)

Slovak Folksongs (4), BB 46, Sz. 35b

Mária Celeng (soprano), Simon Lepper (piano)

5 Songs, BB 71

Julia Hamari (soprano), Konrad Richter (piano)

Five Songs, Op. 16 (Text: Endre Ady)

Sylvia Sass (soprano), András Schiff (piano)

Slovak Folksong, Sz. 63a, BB 73

Mária Celeng (soprano), Simon Lepper (piano)

3 Village Scenes, BB 87b, Sz. 79

Julia Hamari (soprano), Konrad Richter (piano)

5 Hungarian Folksongs, BB 97, Sz. 33

Mária Celeng (soprano), Simon Lepper (piano)

Hungarian Folksongs, BB. 109

Erzébet Török (mezzo-soprano), Istvan Hajdu (piano)

Régi keserves (No. 2 from 20 Hungarian Folksongs)

Gyula Nagy (baritone), Simon Lepper (piano)

14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Two Elegies, BB 49

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Romanian Folk Dances for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Sonatina, BB 69, Sz. 55

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

3 Hungarian Folk Tunes, BB 80b

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Two Romanian Dances, Op. 8a, Sz. 43, BB56

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

3 Hungarian Folksongs from Csik, BB 45b, Sz. 35a

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Allegro barbaro, BB 63, Sz. 49

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Dirges (4), Op. 9a, BB 58, Sz. 45

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

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

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Romanian Christmas Carols, BB 67, Sz. 57

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

3 Studies, BB 81, Sz. 72, Op. 18

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

3 Rondos on Slovak Folk Tunes, BB 92, Sz. 84

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

The First Term at the Piano, BB 66, Sz. 53

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

For Children, Sz42

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Piano Sonata, BB 88, Sz. 80

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Out of Doors, Sz. 81, BB89

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

9 Little Piano Pieces, BB 90, Sz. 82

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Petite Suite, BB 113, Sz. 105

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Sz. 107, Books 1-6 (complete)

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Three Burlesques, Op. 8c, Sz. 47, BB55

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

7 Sketches, BB 54, Sz. 44

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

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

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

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

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Ten Easy Piano Pieces, Sz. 39, BB 51

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Rhapsody for piano, Op. 1, BB36a, Sz. 26

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Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

4 Piano Pieces, BB 27, Sz. 22

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Marche funèbre from Kossuth, BB 31

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Rhapsody for piano, Op. 1, BB36a, Sz. 26

short version

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Changing piece (Változo darab)

Daniel Lebhardt (piano)

Gabi Polka

Daniel Lebhardt (piano)

Ländler No.2, BB 18

Daniel Lebhardt (piano)

Lajos Waltz ('Lajos' valczer)

Daniel Lebhardt (piano)

Piano Pieces (3), BB 8

Daniel Lebhardt (piano)

Scherzo oder Fantasie zongorára for piano (1897), BB 11, DD 50

István Kassai (piano)

Piano Pieces (3 Fantasies), Sz. 6, BB 14

Daniel Lebhardt (piano)

Variations on a Theme by F.F, BB 22

Giuseppe Albanese (piano)

Petits morceaux, BB 38, Sz. 29

István Kassai (piano)

The First Term at the Piano, BB 66, Sz. 53

Daniel Lebhardt (piano)

Slovakian Dance

Daniel Lebhardt (piano)

7 Pieces from Mikrokosmos for Two Pianos, Four Hands, Sz 108, BB 120

Chick Corea & Nicolas Economou (pianos)

Piano Concerto No. 1, BB 91, Sz. 83

Géza Anda (piano)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Piano Concerto No. 2, BB 101, Sz. 95

Géza Anda (piano)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

Géza Anda (piano)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Two Elegies, BB 49

Andor Foldes (piano)

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

Andor Foldes (piano)

Piano Sonata, BB 88, Sz. 80

Andor Foldes (piano)

Mikrokosmos Book VI

Julius Katchen (piano)

Sonatina, BB 69, Sz. 55

Stephen Kovacevich (piano)

Out of Doors, Sz. 81, BB89

Stephen Kovacevich (piano)

Three Burlesques, Op. 8c, Sz. 47, BB55

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112

Zoltán Székely (violin)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Willem Mengelberg

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti


Decca presents a 32-CD set comprising the complete works of Bartók – one of the most important composers of the 20th century. This set brings together Bartók’s monumental orchestral and stage works, folk music arrangements, extensive piano works as well as chamber and solo instrumental works. The set is accompanied by two extensive booklets featuring a new note by Kenneth Chalmers, tracklists and sung texts in original language and English translations. Also featured are three bonus CDs with additional interpretations.

Includes new recordings of never before recorded early piano works and vocal works (from Daniel Lebhardt, Mária Celeng, Gyula Nagy and Simon Lepper), plus the new recording of 44 Duos for Two Violins by the Nemtanu sisters.

Recordings from some of the greatest Bartók interpreters: Iván Fischer, Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, Antal Doráti, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zoltán Kocsis, Martha Argerich, Stephen Kovacevich and others.

Includes three bonus CDs with additional interpretations including Andor Foldes, Julius Katchen, Stephen Kovacevich and Sviatoslav Richter for piano works, piano concertos from Géza Anda and Ferenc Fricsay and a 1939 recording of the 2nd Violin Concerto played by Zoltán Székely, for whom the piece was written.

Includes works not included in Hungaroton’s Complete Edition (from 2000)

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