Béla Bartók (25 March 1881 Nagyszentmiklós - September 26, 1945, New York) was a Hungarian composer, music ethnologist and pianist. Bartók is one of the key figures in 20th-century classical music. In particular, considered his string quartets to be the best that has been written since Beethoven. Bartok studied with Zolthán Kodály, the Hungarian...
Béla Bartók (25 March 1881 Nagyszentmiklós - September 26, 1945, New York) was a Hungarian composer, music ethnologist and pianist. Bartók is one of the key figures in 20th-century classical music. In particular, considered his string quartets to be the best that has been written since Beethoven. Bartok studied with Zolthán Kodály, the Hungarian, Slovak and Romanian - even the North African folk music and created an invaluable collection of works based on the popular music. His works have a huge range from large orchestral works for small naive pieces originally intended to piano schools for children, for example, For Children (Gyermekeknek (Sz. 42, BB 53) and Microcosm, where he has been based on the popular tone and especially rhythm. These works are nevertheless included in the major virtuosers repertoires, not least for the sake of the music educational value of the pieces.
Bartók came under the influence of Debussy and was combined with research into folk music inspired to relate freer to tonality. But even if it was more accentuated after meeting with Stravinsky and Schoenberg, it was mainly the rhythm and harmonic aspects, which put the said mark on his music. You can meet an essence of his musical expression in Music for string instruments, percussion and celesta with the powerful rhythm and the contrasting tone painting with dissonant sound processing.
Bela Bartok: Strygekvartet nr. 3. Zoltan Kodaly: Strygekvartet nr. 2. Leo Weiner: Strygekvartet nr 3. Melos Quartet Stutgart. 1 LP. DG
Bela Bartok: 2 Rhapsodies for violin and Orchestra. & Alban Berg: Violin Concerto. Isaac Stern, New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein. 1 LP. CBS
Bela Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle. (opera). Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry, sing along with, London Symphony Orchestra, which will be conducted by Istvan Kertesz. 1 LP. English Decca. (SET 311) TF *** Recommendation ***
Bela Bartok: Bluebeards Castle. Tatiana Troyanos. Siegmund Nimsgern. Pierre Boulez. BBC Symphony Orchestra. 1 LP. CBS 76518
Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra & Dance Suite. George Solti, LSO. (1963) 1 LP. Decca. SXL 6212
Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra. Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker. 1 LP. DG
Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra. Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker. (1974). 1 LP. EMI. 065-02536
Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra. & Zoltan Kodaly: Dances of Galanta (2). London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by John Pritchard and Walter Susskind (2). TF 1 LP. EMI-UK. CFP 4504 * A brand new copy.
Bela Bartok: Divertimento for string orchestra. & Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto Grossi no. 10 and 11; Moscow chamber orchestra are conducted by Rudolf Barshai, in some recordings from 1962. 1 LP. CS 6332 English pressed London.
Bela Bartok: Mikrokosmos heft 6. Im Freien, Sonatine. Stephen Bishop Kovacevich. 1 LP. Philips 6500013
Bela Bartok: Music for strings, percussion and celesta. & Zoltan Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite. Bernard Haitink conducts Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, in a recording from 1969. TF / E 1 LP. Philips. 6500015
Bela Bartok: Music for strings, percussion and celeste. Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra. (1979) 1 LP. EMI. 069-03506
Bela Bartok: Piano Concerto no. 2. & Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for piano and Winds. Steven Bishop Kovacevich, BBC SO. Colin Davis. 1 LP. Philips. 839761 ***Recommendation ***
Bela Bartok: Piano Concertos nos. 2 & 3. Philip Entromont, Leonard Bernstein. New York Philharmonic. 1 LP. CBS
Bela Bartok: String Quartet no. 5 & 6. The Julliard String Quartet. 1 LP. Philips
Bela Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin. + The wooden prince. Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Rolf Reinhardt. 1 LP. Turnabout. TV 34086 S
Bela Bartok: Violin Concerto no. 2. Itzhak Perlman, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn. (1974) 1 LP. EMI. 063-02518 ***Recommendation ***
Bela Bartok: Violin Concerto + Viola Concerto. Yehudi Menuhin, New Philharmonia Orchestra. Antal Dorati. 1 LP. EMI