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: Bluebeards Castle. Tatiana Troyanos. Siegmund Nimsgern. Pierre Boulez. BBC Symphony Orchestra. 1 LP. CBS 76518
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: Mikrokosmos heft 6. Im Freien, Sonatine. Stephen Bishop Kovacevich. 1 LP. Philips 6500013
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: The Miraculous Mandarin. + The wooden prince. Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Rolf Reinhardt. 1 LP. Turnabout. TV 34086 S
Paul Hindemith: Concert music for strings and Brass. & Bartok: Music for strings, percussion and celeste. Leonard Bernstein, New York PO. 1 LP. CBS. MS 6579
Prokofiev: Sonata no. 2. Harald Sæverud: Rondo Amorosa & Bartok: Suite Op. 14 & Villa-Lobos: Feste no Sertao. Inger Wikstöm (piano) 1 LP. Swedish Society
Leos Janacek: Concertino for piano and strings. & Arthur Honegger: Concertino for piano and strings. & Igor Stravinsky: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra. Walter Klien, György Sandor, Charlotte Zenka. All the piano (at his work). The southwest German radio orchestra is conducted by Heinrich Hollreiser, etc. 1 LP. Turnabout. TV 34130 S
Igor Stravinsky: Symfoni i C. & Bela Bartok: Sonata for strings, percussion and celesta. Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmoniker. 1 LP. DG