Béla Bartók: Forty-Four Duos; Hungarian Folksongs

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Even ardent Bartók fans might at first be put off by a program consisting exclusively of the composer's folk song arrangements, but those who are willing to step out of the Bartókian comfort zone may very well find this disc a sheer delight. The two-violin team of Barnabás Kelemen and Katalin Kokas turn in varied and virtuosic performances of Bartók's "Forty-Four Duos," bringing out charming melodies and infectious rhythms, never shrinking from the harshest dissonances, but rather emphasizing them as part of the music's charm. With sprightly tempos and odd but ingratiating tunes, the 16 arrangements for violin and piano performed by Keleman and pianist Zoltán Kocis that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Even ardent Bartók fans might at first be put off by a program consisting exclusively of the composer's folk song arrangements, but those who are willing to step out of the Bartókian comfort zone may very well find this disc a sheer delight. The two-violin team of Barnabás Kelemen and Katalin Kokas turn in varied and virtuosic performances of Bartók's "Forty-Four Duos," bringing out charming melodies and infectious rhythms, never shrinking from the harshest dissonances, but rather emphasizing them as part of the music's charm. With sprightly tempos and odd but ingratiating tunes, the 16 arrangements for violin and piano performed by Keleman and pianist Zoltán Kocis that conclude the disc are even more overtly appealing. More problematic, perhaps, are the three performances by Kocis and furulya an Hungarian peasant flute player Zoltán Juhász. The primary reason for this is not the music but the acutely piercing tone of the furulya, which to Western ears may have all the allure of a pennywhistle. But those who can get past this may well find Bartók's three Hungarian folk songs attractive. Hungaroton's super audio sound is clean and immediate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Hungaroton
  • EAN: 5991813251626
  • Catalog Number: 32516
  • Sales rank: 260,598

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Duos (44) for 2 violins, Volumes 1-4, Sz. 98, BB 104 - Béla Bartók & Barnabás Kelemen (47:52)
  2. 2 From Gyergó (Gyergyóból), for recorder & piano, Sz. 35, BB 45a - Béla Bartók & Zoltán Kocsis (3:02)
  3. 3 Hungarian Folk Tunes, for violin & piano (arranged by Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartók from "For Children"): Series 1. Parlando - Béla Bartók & Joseph Szigeti (0:48)
  4. 4 Hungarian Folk Tunes, for violin & piano (arranged by Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartók from "For Children"): Series 1. Andante non molto - Béla Bartók & Joseph Szigeti (0:54)
  5. 5 Hungarian Folk Tunes, for violin & piano (arranged by Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartók from "For Children"): Series 1. Allegro vivace - Béla Bartók & Joseph Szigeti (1:37)
  6. 6 Hungarian Folk Tunes, for violin & piano (arranged by Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartók from "For Children"): Series 2. Andante sostenuto - Béla Bartók & Joseph Szigeti (1:20)
  7. 7 Hungarian Folk Tunes, for violin & piano (arranged by Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartók from "For Children"): Series 2. Allegro - Béla Bartók & Joseph Szigeti (0:41)
  8. 8 Hungarian Folk Tunes, for violin & piano (arranged by Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartók from "For Children"): Series 3. Andante - Béla Bartók & Joseph Szigeti (0:53)
  9. 9 Hungarian Folk Tunes, for violin & piano (arranged by Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartók from "For Children"): Series 3. Poco vivace - Béla Bartók & Joseph Szigeti (0:56)
  10. 10 Hungarian Folksongs, for violin & piano (transcribed from "For Children" by Tivadar Országh & Béla Bartók): Series 1. Andante - Un poco più lento - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (1:24)
  11. 11 Hungarian Folksongs, for violin & piano (transcribed from "For Children" by Tivadar Országh & Béla Bartók): Series 1. Allegretto - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (0:29)
  12. 12 Hungarian Folksongs, for violin & piano (transcribed from "For Children" by Tivadar Országh & Béla Bartók): Series 1. Lento, ma non troppo - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (1:12)
  13. 13 Hungarian Folksongs, for violin & piano (transcribed from "For Children" by Tivadar Országh & Béla Bartók): Series 1. Allegro - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (0:58)
  14. 14 Hungarian Folksongs, for violin & piano (transcribed from "For Children" by Tivadar Országh & Béla Bartók): Series 2. Lento, poco rubato - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (1:33)
  15. 15 Hungarian Folksongs, for violin & piano (transcribed from "For Children" by Tivadar Országh & Béla Bartók): Series 2. Allegretto - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (0:26)
  16. 16 Hungarian Folksongs, for violin & piano (transcribed from "For Children" by Tivadar Országh & Béla Bartók): Series 2. Allegretto scherzando - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (0:37)
  17. 17 Hungarian Folksongs, for violin & piano (transcribed from "For Children" by Tivadar Országh & Béla Bartók): Series 2. Sostenuto - Allegro - Adagio - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (1:17)
  18. 18 Hungarian Folksongs, for violin & piano (transcribed from "For Children" by Tivadar Országh & Béla Bartók): Series 2. Allegro robusto - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (0:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barnabás Kelemen Primary Artist
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