Bartók for Children

Bartók for Children

by Jenö Jandó
     
 

Of all the sets of piano music written specifically for young pianists to play, Bartók's "For Children" is one of the most frequently recorded by professional pianists, either in full or in part. The pieces in the set are easier to play than the even more frequently recorded "Album für die Jungend" by Schumann, butSee more details below

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Of all the sets of piano music written specifically for young pianists to play, Bartók's "For Children" is one of the most frequently recorded by professional pianists, either in full or in part. The pieces in the set are easier to play than the even more frequently recorded "Album für die Jungend" by Schumann, but what appeals to pianists of all levels is the incredible variety of moods that is created so economically and charmingly in these. At their basic essence is a folk melody and simple harmony. Jeno Jandó, well-accomplished as he is, does not play these as a professional tossing off a few trifles, nor does he try to make them sound like there are hidden layers of meaning in them that only a mature artist can see. He gives them an air of innocence, and uncomplicated as they are, still manages to make the most of each one's character. He carefully shades them, plays with dynamics and tempo, so that the different moods are felt immediately and effectively, especially in the slower ones. He rarely gives the impression that he is pretending to be a child playing a short song, but there is also a bit of a sense of nostalgia in his performance, and, a couple of times in faster songs, he could use more of a child's enthusiasm. Jandó's based his recording on the last version of the collection that Bartók edited, so there are 79 pieces, and slightly different ones, instead of the original 85. The pieces are grouped two to four to a track to avoid having a long track break every 30 seconds, with an intimacy to the sound that makes the music that much more endearing.

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Editorial Reviews

Buffalo News - Mary Kunz Goldman
Simple, angular and attention-getting, some invigorating, some calming, and some...quite beautiful. Jando, a Hungarian pianist, gives them a good rhythmic bite.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313599820
catalogNumber:
8555998
Rank:
283862

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  1. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 1. Children at Play: Allegro; No. 2. C  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  2. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 4. Pillow Dance: Allegro; No. 5. Play:  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  3. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 7. Play Song: Andante grazioso; No. 8.  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  4. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 9. Song: Adagio; No. 10. Children's Da  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  5. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 13. Ballad: Andante; No. 14. Allegrett  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  6. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 16. Old Hungarian Tune: Andante rubato  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  7. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 18. Soldier's Song: Andante non troppo  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  8. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 22. Allegretto; No. 23. Dance Song: Al  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  9. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 26. Moderato; No. 27. Jest: Allegramen  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  10. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 30. Jeering Song: Allegro ironico; No.  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  11. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 34. Allegretto; No. 35. Con moto; No.  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  12. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 38. Winter Solstice Song: Molto vivace  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  13. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 1: No. 40. Swineherd's Dance: Allegro vivace  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  14. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 1. Allegro; No. 2. Andante; No. 3. All  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  15. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 5. Variations: Molto andante; No. 6. R  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  16. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 9. Round Dance II: Andante; No. 10. Fu  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  17. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 11. Lento; No. 12. Andante rubato; No.  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  18. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 14. Moderato; No. 15. Bagpipe I: Molto  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  19. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 19. Romance: Assai lento; No. 20. Game  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  20. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 21. Pleasantry: Allegro moderato; No.  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  21. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 23. Andante tranquillo; No. 24. Andant  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  22. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 26. Peasant's Flute: Andante molto rub  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  23. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 28. Andante, molto rubato; No. 29. Can  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  24. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 31. The Highway Robber: Allegro; No. 3  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  25. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 34. Farewell: Adagio; No. 35. Ballad:  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  26. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 36-37. Rhapsody: Parlando, molto rubat  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó
  27. For Children (Gyermekeknek), teaching pieces (85) without octaves in 4 volumes for piano, Sz. 42, BB 53: Vol. 2: No. 38. Dirge: Lento. No. 39. Mourning Son  - Béla Bartók  - Jenö Jandó

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