Béla Bartók: A Portrait

Béla Bartók: A Portrait

     
 

Naxos' A Portrait series does an incredible service to a wide range of listeners, from students and novices to professionals and seasoned connoisseurs. Virtually anyone can gain something from this series. This particular installment focuses on Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, perhaps one of the most influential and ingenious composers of the first half of the… See more details below

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Naxos' A Portrait series does an incredible service to a wide range of listeners, from students and novices to professionals and seasoned connoisseurs. Virtually anyone can gain something from this series. This particular installment focuses on Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, perhaps one of the most influential and ingenious composers of the first half of the twentieth century. While compilations of movements here and segments there can be maddening, Naxos does something rather unique with two discs' worth of fragments from more than a dozen genres of compositions. Rather than a haphazard arrangement, the sequence of tracks follows along with the well-written and informative 81-page booklet included with the discs. These notes not only provide a wonderful timeline of Bartók's life, but describe the evolution of his approach to composition. Each of the tracks is used as a well-chosen musical example to demonstrate what the booklet is discussing. The notes even go so far as to call out exact times within a track when a notable event is taking place, making listening an even more informative experience. All of the excerpts come from Naxos' existing recorded library and feature many of the finest Bartók performers around, including the Vermeer String Quartet, pianist Jeno Jando, violinist Gyorgy Pauk, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop. Anyone even remotely interested in the history of music or simply to learn more about what they're listening to should absolutely purchase this collection and others like it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943820025
catalogNumber:
8558200
Rank:
263355

Tracks

  1. Musettes, for piano (Out of Doors No. 3), Sz. 81/3, BB 89/3  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  2. From the Diary of a Fly, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 6/142), Sz.107/6/142, BB 105/142  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  3. Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, BB 114: 3. Adagio  - Béla Bartók  - Alexander Rahbari  -  Radio-Television Belgrade Symphony Orchestra
  4. Hungarian Peasant Songs (15) for piano, Sz. 71, BB 79  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  5. Rhapsody for violin & piano No. 1, Sz. 86, BB 94a  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó  - Gyorgy Pauk
  6. String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Sz. 67, BB 75 (Op. 17): 2. Allegro molto capriccioso  - Béla Bartók  -  Vermeer Quartet
  7. Dance Suite (Táncszvit) for orchestra, Sz. 77, BB 86a: 1. Moderato  - Béla Bartók  - Marin Alsop  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  8. Dance Suite (Táncszvit) for orchestra, Sz. 77, BB 86a: 2. Allegro molto  - Béla Bartók  - Marin Alsop  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  9. Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (6), for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol.6/148-153), Sz. 107/6/148-153, BB 105/148-153  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  10. String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Sz. 102, BB 110: 3. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese  - Béla Bartók  -  Vermeer Quartet
  11. Chorale, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 1/35), Sz.107/1/35, BB 105/35  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  12. In Dorian Mode, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 1/32), Sz. 107/1/32, BB 105/32  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  13. In Phrygian Mode, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 1/34), Sz.107/1/34, BB 105/34  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  14. In Lydian Mode, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 2/37), Sz. 107/2/37, BB 105/37  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  15. Game with Two Pentatonic Scales, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 4/105), Sz. 107/4/105, BB 105/105  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  16. Violin Concerto (No. 2) in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117: 1. Allegro non troppo  - Béla Bartók  -  Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orchestra  - Gyorgy Pauk  - Antoni Wit
  17. Contrasts, pieces (3) for clarinet, violin & piano, Sz. 111, BB 116: 2. Pihenó (Relaxation). Lento  - Béla Bartók  - Kalman Berkes  - Jenö Jandó  - Gyorgy Pauk
  18. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Sz. 95, BB 101: 2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio  - Béla Bartók  -  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  - Jenö Jandó  -  András Ligeti
  19. String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Sz. 102, BB 110: 1. Allegro  - Béla Bartók  -  Vermeer Quartet
  20. The Night's Music (Az éjszaka zenéje), for piano (Out of Doors No. 4), Sz. 81/4, BB 89/4  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  21. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (completed by Tibor Serly): 2. Adagio religioso  - Béla Bartók  -  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  - Jenö Jandó  -  András Ligeti
  22. String Quartet No. 4 in C major, Sz. 91, BB 95: 3. Non troppo lento  - Béla Bartók  -  Vermeer Quartet
  23. The Miraculous Mandarin, pantomime in 1 act, Sz. 73, BB 82 (Op. 19): Final scene. She resists no longer - They embrace  - Béla Bartók  - Marin Alsop  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  24. Violin Concerto (No. 1), Sz. 36, BB 48a: 1. Andante sostenuto  - Béla Bartók  -  Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orchestra  - Gyorgy Pauk  - Antoni Wit
  25. Allegro barbaro, for piano, Sz. 49, BB 63  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  26. Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 127: 4. Intermezzo interrotto. Allegretto  - Béla Bartók  - Alexander Rahbari  -  Radio-Television Belgrade Symphony Orchestra
  27. String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Sz. 114, BB 119: 4. Mesto  - Béla Bartók  -  Vermeer Quartet
  28. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (completed by Tibor Serly): 3. Allegro vivace  - Béla Bartók  -  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  - Jenö Jandó  -  András Ligeti

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