Béla Bartók: A Portrait

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943820025
  • Catalog Number: 8558200
  • Sales rank: 273,840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Musettes, for piano (Out of Doors No. 3), Sz. 81/3, BB 89/3 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (2:40)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  2. 2 From the Diary of a Fly, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 6/142), Sz.107/6/142, BB 105/142 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (1:29)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  3. 3 Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, BB 114: 3. Adagio - Béla Bartók & Alexander Rahbari (7:35)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byAlexander Rahbari
    Performed byAlexander Rahbari, Radio-Television Belgrade Symphony Orchestra
  4. 4–18 Hungarian Peasant Songs (15) for piano, Sz. 71, BB 79 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (12:18)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    1. 4 Rubato
    2. 5 Andante
    3. 6 Poco rubato
    4. 7 Andante. Scherzo
    5. 8 Allegro
    6. 9 Andante
    7. 10 Allegro
    8. 11 Allegretto
    9. 12 Allegretto
    10. 13 L'istesso tempo
    11. 14 Assai moderato
    12. 15 Allegretto
    13. 16 Poco più vivo
    14. 17 Allegro
    15. 18 Allegro
  5. 19–20 Rhapsody for violin & piano No. 1, Sz. 86, BB 94a - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (10:18)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    1. 19Prima parte "Lassú". Moderato
    2. 20Seconda parte "Friss". Allegretto moderato
  6. 21 String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Sz. 67, BB 75 (Op. 17): 2. Allegro molto capriccioso - Béla Bartók & Vermeer Quartet (7:39)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  7. 22 Dance Suite (Táncszvit) for orchestra, Sz. 77, BB 86a: 1. Moderato - Béla Bartók & Marin Alsop (3:48)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byMarin Alsop
    Performed byMarin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  8. 23 Dance Suite (Táncszvit) for orchestra, Sz. 77, BB 86a: 2. Allegro molto - Béla Bartók & Marin Alsop (2:23)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byMarin Alsop
    Performed byMarin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  9. 24 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 (1:11)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  10. 25 String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Sz. 102, BB 110: 3. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese - Béla Bartók & Vermeer Quartet (5:18)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  11. 26 Chorale, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 1/35), Sz.107/1/35, BB 105/35 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (1:22)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  12. 27 In Dorian Mode, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 1/32), Sz. 107/1/32, BB 105/32 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (1:01)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  13. 28 In Phrygian Mode, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 1/34), Sz.107/1/34, BB 105/34 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (0:52)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  14. 29 In Lydian Mode, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 2/37), Sz. 107/2/37, BB 105/37 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (0:40)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  15. 30 Game with Two Pentatonic Scales, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 4/105), Sz. 107/4/105, BB 105/105 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (0:58)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  16. 31 Violin Concerto (No. 2) in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117: 1. Allegro non troppo - Béla Bartók & Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch (17:14)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byAntoni Wit
    Performed byPolish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch, Antoni Wit
Disc 2
  1. 1 Contrasts, pieces (3) for clarinet, violin & piano, Sz. 111, BB 116: 2. Pihenó (Relaxation). Lento - Béla Bartók & Kalman Berkes (4:45)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Sz. 95, BB 101: 2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio - Béla Bartók & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (12:28)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byAndrás Ligeti
    Performed byBudapest Symphony Orchestra, András Ligeti
  3. 3 String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Sz. 102, BB 110: 1. Allegro - Béla Bartók & Vermeer Quartet (7:25)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  4. 4 The Night's Music (Az éjszaka zenéje), for piano (Out of Doors No. 4), Sz. 81/4, BB 89/4 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (5:14)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  5. 5 Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (completed by Tibor Serly): 2. Adagio religioso - Béla Bartók & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (9:32)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byAndrás Ligeti
    Performed byBudapest Symphony Orchestra, András Ligeti
  6. 6 String Quartet No. 4 in C major, Sz. 91, BB 95: 3. Non troppo lento - Béla Bartók & Vermeer Quartet (5:16)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  7. 7 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 (2:08)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byMarin Alsop
    Performed byMarin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  8. 8 Violin Concerto (No. 1), Sz. 36, BB 48a: 1. Andante sostenuto - Béla Bartók & Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch (10:09)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byAntoni Wit
    Performed byPolish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch, Antoni Wit
  9. 9 Allegro barbaro, for piano, Sz. 49, BB 63 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (2:49)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  10. 10 Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 127: 4. Intermezzo interrotto. Allegretto - Béla Bartók & Alexander Rahbari (4:28)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byAlexander Rahbari
    Performed byAlexander Rahbari, Radio-Television Belgrade Symphony Orchestra
  11. 11 String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Sz. 114, BB 119: 4. Mesto - Béla Bartók & Vermeer Quartet (6:30)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  12. 12 Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (completed by Tibor Serly): 3. Allegro vivace - Béla Bartók & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (6:27)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
    Conducted byAndrás Ligeti
    Performed byBudapest Symphony Orchestra, András Ligeti
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