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BARTOK: Bela Bartok - A Portrait (JOHNSON)

Composer(s)Bartók, Béla
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletChamber MusicConcertosInstrumentalOrchestral
Catalogue 8.558200-01
Label Naxos Educational
Quality   320kbps
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  • 2 CDs with over 2½ hours of music
  • Illuminating essay by Stephen Johnson
  • Illustrated with photographs

Well over half a century after his death, Béla Bartók is held up as one of the twentieth century’s great musical modernists, routinely coupled with revolutionaries like Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern and Varèse. But Bartók’s was a very different kind of journey. In some ways he was also a great conservationist, collecting and cataloguing his country’s folksongs, and looking for new ideas in the sounds of nature. Bartók was not a creator of systems, never an iconoclast; rather he sought ways forward by turning music back to its primal, natural roots before


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BARTOK: Bela Bartok - A Portrait (JOHNSON) 2:33:57   
  Out of Doors, BB 89: No. 3. Musettes 2:40       
  Mikrokosmos, Book 6, BB 105: No. 142. From the Diary of a Fly 1:29       
  Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, BB 114: III. Adagio 7:35       
  15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, BB 79          
      No. 1. Rubato 0:52       
      No. 2. Andante 1:27       
      No. 3. Poco rubato 0:32       
      No. 4. Andante: Scherzo 0:29       
      No. 5. Allegro 0:48       
      No. 6. Andante 2:34       
      No. 7. Allegro 0:46       
      No. 8. Allegretto 0:31       
      No. 9. Allegretto 0:14       
      No. 10. L'istesso tempo 0:31       
      No. 11. Assai moderato 0:40       
      No. 12. Allegretto 0:31       
      No. 13. Poco più vivo 0:29       
      No. 14. Allegro 0:31       
      No. 15. Allegro 1:23       
  Rhapsody No. 1, BB 94b          
      I. Lassu: Moderato 4:38       
      II. Friss: Allegretto moderato 5:40       
  String Quartet No. 2, BB 75: II. Allegro molto capriccioso 7:39       
  Dance Suite, BB 86a (excerpts)          
      I. Moderato 3:48       
      II. Allegro molto 2:23       
  Mikrokosmos, Book 6, BB 105: No. 149. 6 Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm II 1:11       
  String Quartet No. 5, BB 110: III. Scherzo 5:18       
  Mikrokosmos, Book 1, BB 105 (excerpts)          
      No. 35. Chorale 1:22       
      No. 32. In Dorian Mode 1:01       
      No. 34. In Phrygian Mode 0:52       
  Mikrokosmos, Book 2, BB 105: No. 37. In Lydian Mode 0:40       
  Mikrokosmos, Book 4, BB 105: No. 105. Game (with two five-tone scales) 0:58       
  Violin Concerto No. 2, BB 117: I. Allegro non troppo 17:14       
  Contrasts, BB 116: II. Piheno (Relaxation): Lento 4:45       
  Piano Concerto No. 2, BB 101: II. Adagio - Più adagio - Presto 12:28       
  String Quartet No. 5, BB 110: I. Allegro 7:25       
  Out of Doors, BB 89: No. 4. The Night's Music 5:14       
  Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127: II. Adagio religioso 9:32       
  String Quartet No. 4, BB 95: III. Non troppo lento 5:16       
  The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Final scene: She resists no longer - They embrace 2:08       
  Violin Concerto No. 1, BB 48a: I. Andante sostenuto 10:09       
  Allegro barbaro, BB 63 2:49       
  Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123: IV. Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto 4:28       
  String Quartet No. 6, BB 119: IV. Mesto 6:30       
  Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127: III. Allegro vivace 6:27       
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