Béla Bartók: Works for Piano Solo, Vol. 4

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Hungarian-born pianist Zoltán Kocsis' name is virtually synonymous with Bartók's solo piano music. His original 1992 recording for Philips of the complete solo piano works an immense undertaking by any standard has been reissued several times, including the present compilation on the Hungaraton label. While being reissued does not automatically guarantee an album is of magnificent quality, in this case it is. This installment, Volume Four of the series, focuses on pieces written circa 1912 when Bartók had all but put himself into musical exile, concentrating almost exclusively on composition. Specifically, Bartók was working at a feverish pace on transcribing and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Hungarian-born pianist Zoltán Kocsis' name is virtually synonymous with Bartók's solo piano music. His original 1992 recording for Philips of the complete solo piano works an immense undertaking by any standard has been reissued several times, including the present compilation on the Hungaraton label. While being reissued does not automatically guarantee an album is of magnificent quality, in this case it is. This installment, Volume Four of the series, focuses on pieces written circa 1912 when Bartók had all but put himself into musical exile, concentrating almost exclusively on composition. Specifically, Bartók was working at a feverish pace on transcribing and researching the musical folklore of his native Hungary. The result is an album filled with extremely short musical examples, more than 50 tracks with the majority clocking in at less than two minutes. To Kocsis' credit, these brief offerings never come across as choppy or disjointed. His playing, replete with intricate nuance, an endless supply of tone colors, extraordinary control over voicing, and a broad dynamic range. Listeners who have not had the pleasure of hearing any of Kocsis' Bartók will soon learn why his albums have been released so frequently and why they consistently garner high praise. Coupled with crystal-clear sound quality and an in-depth set of liner notes, it's difficult to imagine a more comprehensive, pleasing set of these works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Hungaroton
  • EAN: 5991813252722
  • Catalog Number: 32527
  • Sales rank: 392,170

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Allegro barbaro, for piano, Sz. 49, BB 63 - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (2:34)
  2. 2–21 Romanian Christmas Carols, pieces (20) in 2 series for piano, Sz. 57, BB 67 - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (10:43)
  3. 22–27 Romanian Folk Dances (6) (Román népi táncok), for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68 - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (5:15)
  4. 28–30 Sonatina for piano (on Romanian folk tunes), Sz. 55, BB 69 - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (4:00)
  5. 31–34 Suite for piano, Sz. 62, BB 70 (Op. 14) - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (8:09)
  6. 35–48 Hungarian Peasant Songs (15) for piano, Sz. 71, BB 79 - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (13:28)
  7. 49–51 Hungarian Folk Tunes (3), for piano, Sz. 66, BB 80b - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (3:52)
  8. 52–54 Studies (3) (Etudök) for piano, Sz. 72, BB 81 (Op. 18) - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (7:14)
  9. 55–57 Rondos (3) on Slovak Folktunes, for piano, Sz. 84, BB 92 - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (8:10)
  10. 56 Andante for piano (rejected movement from Sz. 62), Sz. 65 - Béla Bartók & Béla Bartók (1:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zoltán Kocsis Primary Artist
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