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Bela Bartok: First Term at the Piano; 2 Elegies; 4 Piano Pieces; Petits morceaux / Jeno Jando, piano

> 4 Piano Pieces, BB 27 - No. 1. Study for the Left Hand
> 4 Piano Pieces, BB 27 - No. 2. Fantasy 1
> 4 Piano Pieces, BB 27 - No. 3. Fantasy 2
> 4 Piano Pieces, BB 27 - No. 4. Scherzo
> Kossuth, BB 31 (arr. for piano) - Kossuth, BB 31, Tableau 10: Marche funebre (arr. for piano)
> Petits morceaux, BB 38 - No. 1. Adagio (arr. of Add ream csokodat, el kell mennem (Kiss me, for I have to leave), BB 37, No. 2)
> Petits morceaux, BB 38 - No. 2. Moderato (arr. of Oszi szello (Autumn Breeze), BB 24, No. 1)
> 2 Elegies, Op. 8b, BB 49 - No. 1. Grave
> 2 Elegies, Op. 8b, BB 49 - No. 2. Molto adagio sempre rubato
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 1. Moderato
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 2. Moderato
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 3. Parbeszed (Dialogue): Moderato
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 4. Parbeszed (Dialogue): Moderato
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 5. Moderato
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 6. Moderato
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 7. Nepdal (Folksong): Moderato
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 8. Andante
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 9. Andante
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 10. Nepdal (Folksong): Allegro
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 11. Menuett: Andante
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 12. Kanasztanc (Swineherd's dance): Allegro
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 13. Hol jartal, baranykam? - nepdal (Where have you been, my lambkin? - folksong): Andante
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 14. Andante
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 15. Lakodalmas (Wedding dance): Moderato
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 16. Paraszttanc (Peasant's dance): Allegro moderato
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 17. Allegro deciso
> The First Term at the Piano, BB 66 - No. 18. Keringo (Waltz): Tempo di valse

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Pieces (4) for piano, BB 27, DD 71
>Bartók, Béla : Marche funèbre from "Kossuth", for piano, DD 75b
>Bartók, Béla : Petits morceaux, for piano (free arrangement of songs BB 37/2 and BB 24/1), BB 38
>Bartók, Béla : Elegies (2) (Két elégia), for piano, Sz. 41, BB 49 (Op.8b)
>Bartók, Béla : First Term at the Piano, teaching pieces (18) for piano, Sz. 53
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Notes & Reviews:

Bartók's early piano works demonstrate his Lisztian flair as a virtuoso pianist, and nowhere more so than the ambitious Study for the Left Hand, the first of his Four Piano Pieces. The second of the set owes even more to Liszt, as indeed do the exciting Two Elegies. Bartók made a piano transcription of the last two sections of his own nationalist symphonic poem, Kossuth, in the form of a Funeral March. He similarly arranged two of his song transcriptions under the title Petits Morceaux. First Term at the Piano is a series of delightful teaching pieces.

"Not to be confused with an earlier Bartók series from the highly acclaimed Hungarian pianist, Jeno Jandó, there are few who are more attuned to the idiom. His displays an admirable clarity in the most demanding passages, and brings an unassuming charm to the children pieces." -David's Review Corner

MusicWeb International
This disc is the sixth in the cycle of Bartók's complete piano music played by Jeno Jandó. I love these works and never tire of hearing them, even those some might categorise as banal like tracks 10-27 which really are simple children's pieces. He wrote a lot of such little miniatures, but it is the very simplicity that is so appealing to me; small can be beautiful in music as well as in anything else and complexity doesn't necessarily imply that something is good either. The first work on the disc, whilst also being very lyrical and approachable, is an extremely tough challenge for pianists. I was surprised to learn from the liner-notes that the work has never found much acceptance - I can't understand why as it's a lovely sounding work that was dedicated by Bartók to his teacher at the Academy in Budapest, Professor Thomán, who also taught Dohnányi. It is uncharacteristic of Bartók, sounding much more like Rachmaninov or Scriabin to me, but it was an early work, written in 1903 when the composer was only 22... This disc is another welcome addition to the complete piano series and Jandó is, as always, a highly intelligent and convincing interpreter.

Allmusic.com
... Jeno Jandó performs with great passion, elegance, and taste... Bartók's Four Piano Pieces... are a pure joy to hear. Perhaps it says something of an artist of Jandó's stature, that though he can play difficult repertoire like the Four Piano Pieces so movingly, he also brings careful attention and humility to the First Term at the Piano.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Phoenix Hall, Diósd, Hungary (08/2008).



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>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Pieces (4) for piano, BB 27, DD 71
  • Performer: Jenö Jandó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Marche funèbre from "Kossuth", for piano, DD 75b
  • Performer: Jenö Jandó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1903

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Petits morceaux, for piano (free arrangement of songs BB 37/2 and BB 24/1), BB 38
  • Performer: Jenö Jandó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1905

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Elegies (2) (Két elégia), for piano, Sz. 41, BB 49 (Op.8b)
  • Performer: Jenö Jandó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : First Term at the Piano, teaching pieces (18) for piano, Sz. 53
  • Performer: Jenö Jandó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913