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Bela Bartok: Complete Works for Piano Solo, Vol. 1 - The Mature Bartok / Andreas Bach, piano [3 CDs[

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Out of Doors, suite for piano, Sz. 81, BB 89
>Bartók, Béla : Easy Pieces (10) for Piano, Sz 39
>Bartók, Béla : Burlesques (3) for Piano, Op. 8c/Sz 47
>Bartók, Béla : Petite Suite for piano (arranged from 44 Violin Duos), Sz.105
>Bartók, Béla : Dirges (4) for Piano, Op. 9a/Sz 45
>Bartók, Béla : Studies (3) for piano, Sz. 72, BB 81 (Op. 18)
>Bartók, Béla : Sonatina for violin & piano (ar. from piano work by E.Gertler with Bartok's approval), Sz. 55
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Piano, Sz 80
>Bartók, Béla : Sketches (7) (Vázlatok), for piano, Sz. 44, BB 54 (Op. 9b)
>Bartók, Béla : Dance Suite for piano, Sz. 77, (reduced from orchestral score)
>Bartók, Béla : Allegro barbaro for Piano, Sz 49
>Bartók, Béla : Little Piano Pieces (9) (Kilenc kis zongoradarab), Sz. 82, BB 90
>Bartók, Béla : Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62
>Bartók, Béla : Bagatelles (14) for Piano, Op. 6/Sz 38
>Bartók, Béla : First Term at the Piano, teaching pieces (18) for piano, Sz. 53
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Notes & Reviews:

In the years since the acclaimed recordings made by the Hungarian pianist Zoltán Kocsis back in the 1980s and 90s, no single pianist has attempted to record a complete edition of Bartók's works for solo piano! For a quarter of a century, no new comprehensive perspective on this multifaceted oeuvre has been cast, an important and varied, yet internally cohesive body of work that displays so many different aspects of Bartók's creativity. This is exactly what the German pianist Andreas Bach has set out to achieve - "... to find the young Bartók in the late works as well as the late Bartók in the early works. And (...) create a recording that presents a Bartók different from those usually encountered and which are by contrast, 'middle-of-the-road'. Emphasizing "not only the rhythmic and folkloric content, but also providing an opportunity to discover Bartók's harmonic thinking", an aspect of the composer's language that few fans had the opportunity to appreciate before. Volume1 of this new complete edition presents individual works that Bartók composed in his mature, personal style, including the Sonata, the Sonatina, the Suite op. 14, and the 14 Bagatelles; folk music influences are present but only as distant references. The next 4 CDs will focus on the "Romantic Bartók" and will include his early works, compositions written early in his career and still showing influences of 19th century Romantic idiom. CD 5 "Bartók and Folk Music" is dedicated to his works, and arrangements most directly influenced by folk music. The remaining CDs (Vols. 6-8) are devoted to the major cycles "For Children" and "Mikrokosmos ".

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (01/19/2010-01/22/2010); Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (03/29/2010-04/01/2010); Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (08/23/2010-08/27/2010); Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (09/29/2008-10/02/2008); Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (10/06/2014); Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (2011-09-26_2011-09-27_2011-).



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Works Details

>Bartók, Béla : Out of Doors, suite for piano, Sz. 81, BB 89
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (01/19/2010-01/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Bartók, Béla : Easy Pieces (10) for Piano, Sz 39
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (08/23/2010-08/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Bartók, Béla : Burlesques (3) for Piano, Op. 8c/Sz 47
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (01/19/2010-01/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908-1911

>Bartók, Béla : Petite Suite for piano (arranged from 44 Violin Duos), Sz.105
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (03/29/2010-04/01/2010); Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (10/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Bartók, Béla : Dirges (4) for Piano, Op. 9a/Sz 45
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (09/29/2008-10/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908-1911

>Bartók, Béla : Studies (3) for piano, Sz. 72, BB 81 (Op. 18)
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (03/29/2010-04/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Bartók, Béla : Sonatina for violin & piano (ar. from piano work by E.Gertler with Bartok's approval), Sz. 55
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (01/19/2010-01/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Piano, Sz 80
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (09/29/2008-10/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Bartók, Béla : Sketches (7) (Vázlatok), for piano, Sz. 44, BB 54 (Op. 9b)
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (01/19/2010-01/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908-1910

>Bartók, Béla : Dance Suite for piano, Sz. 77, (reduced from orchestral score)
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (08/23/2010-08/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Bartók, Béla : Allegro barbaro for Piano, Sz 49
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (01/19/2010-01/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Bartók, Béla : Little Piano Pieces (9) (Kilenc kis zongoradarab), Sz. 82, BB 90
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (03/29/2010-04/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Bartók, Béla : Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (01/19/2010-01/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Bartók, Béla : Bagatelles (14) for Piano, Op. 6/Sz 38
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (01/19/2010-01/22/2010); Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (09/29/2008-10/02/2008)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Bartók, Béla : First Term at the Piano, teaching pieces (18) for piano, Sz. 53
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (2011-09-26_2011-09-27_2011-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Bartók, Béla : Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62
  • Performer: Andreas Bach (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Köln (01/19/2010-01/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916