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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: 311,120

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)
  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)
  3. 3 Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, BB 114: 3. Adagio - Béla Bartók & Alexander Rahbari (7:35)
  4. 4–18 Hungarian Peasant Songs (15) for piano, Sz. 71, BB 79 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (12:18)
  5. 19–20 Rhapsody for violin & piano No. 1, Sz. 86, BB 94a - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (10:18)
  6. 20 String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Sz. 67, BB 75 (Op. 17): 2. Allegro molto capriccioso - Béla Bartók & Vermeer Quartet (7:39)
  7. 21 Dance Suite (Táncszvit) for orchestra, Sz. 77, BB 86a: 1. Moderato - Béla Bartók & Marin Alsop (3:48)
  8. 22 Dance Suite (Táncszvit) for orchestra, Sz. 77, BB 86a: 2. Allegro molto - Béla Bartók & Marin Alsop (2:23)
  9. 23 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)
  10. 24 String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Sz. 102, BB 110: 3. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese - Béla Bartók & Vermeer Quartet (5:18)
  11. 25 Chorale, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 1/35), Sz.107/1/35, BB 105/35 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (1:22)
  12. 26 In Dorian Mode, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 1/32), Sz. 107/1/32, BB 105/32 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (1:01)
  13. 27 In Phrygian Mode, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 1/34), Sz.107/1/34, BB 105/34 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (0:52)
  14. 28 In Lydian Mode, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 2/37), Sz. 107/2/37, BB 105/37 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (0:40)
  15. 29 Game with Two Pentatonic Scales, for piano (Mikrokosmos Vol. 4/105), Sz. 107/4/105, BB 105/105 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (0:58)
  16. 30 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)
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)
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Sz. 95, BB 101: 2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio - Béla Bartók & Budapest Symphony Orchestra (12:28)
  3. 3 String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Sz. 102, BB 110: 1. Allegro - Béla Bartók & Vermeer Quartet (7:25)
  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)
  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)
  6. 6 String Quartet No. 4 in C major, Sz. 91, BB 95: 3. Non troppo lento - Béla Bartók & Vermeer Quartet (5:16)
  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)
  8. 8 Violin Concerto (No. 1), Sz. 36, BB 48a: 1. Andante sostenuto - Béla Bartók & Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch (10:09)
  9. 9 Allegro barbaro, for piano, Sz. 49, BB 63 - Béla Bartók & Jenö Jandó (2:49)
  10. 10 Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 127: 4. Intermezzo interrotto. Allegretto - Béla Bartók & Alexander Rahbari (4:28)
  11. 11 String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Sz. 114, BB 119: 4. Mesto - Béla Bartók & Vermeer Quartet (6:30)
  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)
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