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Bartók: Complete Music for Two Pianos / Matteo Fossi & Marco Gaggini, pianos

Audio Samples

  1. Bartok — Suite for Two Pianos, Op. 4b: I. Serenata $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Bartok — Suite for Two Pianos, Op. 4b: II. Allegro diabolico $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Bartok — Suite for Two Pianos, Op. 4b: III. Scena della Puszta $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Bartok — Suite for Two Pianos, Op. 4b: IV. Per finire $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Bartok — The Miraculous Mandarin for Two Pianos, Op. 19
  6. Bartok — Seven Pieces for Two Pianos from "Mikrokosmos", Sz. 108: I. Bulgarian Rhythm $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Bartok — Seven Pieces for Two Pianos from "Mikrokosmos", Sz. 108: II. Chord and Trill Study $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Bartok — Seven Pieces for Two Pianos from "Mikrokosmos", Sz. 108: III. Perpetuum mobile $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Bartok — Seven Pieces for Two Pianos from "Mikrokosmos", Sz. 108: IV. Short Canon and Its Inversion $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Bartok — Seven Pieces for Two Pianos from "Mikrokosmos", Sz. 108: V. New Hungarian Folk Song $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Bartok — Seven Pieces for Two Pianos from "Mikrokosmos", Sz. 108: VI. Chromatic Invention $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Bartok — Seven Pieces for Two Pianos from "Mikrokosmos", Sz. 108: VII. Ostinato $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Bartok — Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110: I. Assai lento – Allegro molto
  14. Bartok — Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110: II. Lento, ma non troppo $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Bartok — Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110: III. Allegro non troppo $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Bartok — Three Pieces for Two Pianos, Op. Posth.: I. Monument $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Bartok — Three Pieces for Two Pianos, Op. Posth.: II. Self-portrait with Reich and Riley, and Chopin in the Background $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Bartok — Three Pieces for Two Pianos, Op. Posth.: III. In a Gentle Flowing Movement $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Suite for 2 pianos (freely arranged after Suite no 2 for orchestra), Sz. 115a, BB 122 (Op. 4a)
>Bartók, Béla : Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73
>Bartók, Béla : Pieces (7) from Mikrokosmos, for 2 pianos, Sz. 108, BB 120
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110
>Ligeti, György : Pieces (3) for 2 pianos
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Notes & Reviews:

This 2CD set presents a complete survey of Bartók's music for two pianos. The works and arrangements here all stem from Bartók's special artistic collaboration with his wife, the pianist Dittá Pásztory. From 1938, the couple began giving regular public concerts together, and this led the composer to write his version for two pianos of the Suite Op.4, an arrangement of seven of the pieces from Mikrokosmos, and the much-loved Sonata for two pianos and percussion. The works included here are testimony to Bartók's skilful and remarkably versatile approach to piano-writing. In the Suite Op.4b, for example, Bartók radically revised the original orchestral score of the Suite Op.4 (one of his earliest works, and one of the first to bring to fruition the musical ideas that he explored after researching Hungarian music's _ rich folk heritage) to create a work that is so idiomatically pianistic that one would never guess it had originally been written for orchestra. By contrast, the transcription of the brilliantly colorful ballet score The Miraculous Mandarin brings the dramatic orchestration of this controversial work to life. The pieces from Mikrokosmos were originally studies for solo piano; in the two-piano arrangement Bartók transforms them into veritable virtuoso showpieces. The Sonata for two pianos and percussion is one of Bartók's most famous works and its striking rhythmic experimentation and consummate assimilation of folk influences mark the culmination of the composer's mature style. Bartók's complete works for two pianos are complemented here by György Ligeti's Three Pieces for two pianos; Ligeti was greatly influenced by Bartók's legacy and went on to become one of the most important Hungarian composers of the twentieth century. These challenging works are performed by acclaimed pianists Matteo Fossi and Marco Gaggini, who formed a piano duo while studying together in Florence in 2004. Their pioneering "Two Pianos Project" aims to extend the scope of the piano far beyond the confines of its traditional repertoire and has given rise to many warmly received recordings.Other information: - Recorded in January 2013 in Perugia, Italy. - Booklet includes detailed liner notes and biographies of the artists.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
Some great Bart=k rarities here and the Sonata receives a spirited, noisy outing. The obsessive-sounding Ligeti may be more fun to play than to hear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Perugia, Italy (01/2013).



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Suite for 2 pianos (freely arranged after Suite no 2 for orchestra), Sz. 115a, BB 122 (Op. 4a)
  • Performers: Matteo Fossi (Piano); Marco Gaggini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73
  • Performers: Matteo Fossi (Piano); Marco Gaggini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Pieces (7) from Mikrokosmos, for 2 pianos, Sz. 108, BB 120
  • Performers: Matteo Fossi (Piano); Marco Gaggini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110
  • Performers: Matteo Fossi (Piano); Marco Gaggini (Piano); Gianni Giangrasso (Percussion); Federico Poli (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Pieces (3) for 2 pianos :: Monument, Selbstporträt & Bewegung
  • Performers: Matteo Fossi (Piano); Marco Gaggini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976