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: 44 Duos for two violins. Andre Gertler (violin), Josef Suk (violin). 1 LP. Supraphon
Bela Bartok: 44 Duos for two violins. Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman. 1 LP. EMI
Bela Bartok: All 6 string Quartets. The Fine Arts Quartet. 3 LP. Saga
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. Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra. 1 LP. CBS.
Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra. Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker. (1974). 1 LP. EMI. 065-02536
Bela Bartok: Koncert for orkester (1943) Ferenc Fricsay, Radio Symphonie Orchester, Berlin. 1 LP. Helidor
Bela Bartok: Mikrokosmos + Contrasts, Joseph Szigeti (violin) , Bela Bartok (piano), Benny Goodman (Clarinet). 1 LP. CBS
Bela Bartok: Mikrokosmos heft 6. Im Freien, Sonatine. Stephen Bishop Kovacevich. 1 LP. Philips 6500013
Bela Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin suite. + 2 portraits. Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra. 1 LP. CBS
Bela Bartok: Musik for strygere, slagtøj og Celeste. & Artur Honegger: Symfoni nr. 3. Yvgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. 1 LP. EMI. ASD 2964
Bela Bartok: Orchestral Works. RIAS Symphonie Orchester. Ferenc Fricsay. 5 LP. DG
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 Concerto no. 2. Gyorgy Sandor (piano) Michael Gielen, + Sonate for two pianos and percussion. Gyorgy Sandor, + Rolf Reinhardt. 1 LP. Turnabout