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, but

Overview

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.

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

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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
  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:
  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.
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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.
  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.
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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.
  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
  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
  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.
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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:
  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
  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

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