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

Overview

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.

Product Details

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

Tracks

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

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