Piano Works

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BELA BARTOK
Piano Works
Andor Foldes (piano)

[ Deutsche Grammophon SBS Eloquence / 4 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Thursday 20 March 2014

Between 1954 and 1955 the Hungarian pianist Andor Foldes recorded a substantial corpus of Bartók's solo piano music for Deutsche Grammophon. Given his work with and close association with the composer, this is a significant reissue, and it is also the first time all four LPs (represented as per the original, across four CDs) appear on CD. All the major Bartók solo works are included here - from larger pieces like the Sonata, Suite, Op. 14 and Out of Doors to many of the miniature dance works, pieces from Mikrokosmos and For Children, the Romanian Christmas Carols and the Allegro barbaro. The booklet features a new note by Bartók expert Kenneth Chalmers as well as notes on performing Bartók by Foldes himself.

"such masterly playing, now assertive, now gentle and consoling, makes the Sonata seem a work of flaming genius' […] 'Foldes plays Bartók's music with the utmost brilliance and refinement … In the Romanian Christmas Carols his sense of rhythm is superlative … The recording is superlative" Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 1957

Tracks:

Allegro barbaro, BB 63, Sz. 49
Three Burlesques, Op. 8c, Sz. 47, BB55
Ten Easy Piano Pieces, Sz. 39, BB 51
9 Little Piano Pieces, BB 90, Sz. 82
Out of Doors, Sz. 81, BB89
Piano Suite, BB 70, Sz. 62, Op. 14
Romanian Christmas Carols, BB 67, Sz. 57
3 Rondos on Slovak Folk Tunes, BB 92, Sz. 84
Piano Sonata, BB 88, Sz. 80
Hungarian Peasant Songs for piano (15), BB 79, Sz. 71
Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 74, Op. 20
7 Sketches, BB 54, Sz. 44
4 Piano Pieces, BB 27, Sz. 22: Fantasy II
Romanian Folk Dances for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68
Two Elegies, BB 49
For Children, Sz42
Books 1-IV
Sonatina, BB 69, Sz. 55
Mikrokosmos Book IV
Mikrokosmos Book V
Mikrokosmos Book VI