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BARTOK, B.: Instrumental Music (Songs and Dances of Life) (Popovici, Nas, Ketler)

Artist(s) Ketler, Diana, piano • Nas, Christian, viola • Popovici, Razvan, viola
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue SM113
Label Solo Musica
Quality   320kbps


East European classical folk music for piano or violas
Review By MS97486,January 2011

Bartok described folk songs as being perfect miniatures. Telemann said that in listening to a local bagpipe player at a village pub he heard a lifetime's worth of material. Western classical composers have always made extensive use of popular music, and this album delightfully demonstrates some of the ways that folk music can be developed into or provide inspiration for more complex compositions.

The album is divided between solo piano numbers and viola duets. All of the pieces are shorter than 4 minutes. Even so, they cover a range of musical approaches. In general the piano pieces are more highly "classicalized", with the original folkloric material (if any) being fairly hidden. These include four pieces by Liszt, an "Ungarische melodie" by Schubert, a piece by Janacek, more....


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