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Piano Recital: Rangell, Andrew - BARTOK, B. / JANACEK, L. / KODALY, Z. (A Folk Song Runs Through It)

Composer(s):Bartok, BelaJanacek, LeosKodaly, Zoltan
Artist(s) Rangell, Andrew, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue Steinway30018
Label Steinway and Sons
Quality   320kbps


Interesting folk inspired pieces from Bartok, Janacek, and Kodaly
Review By WH99400,August 2013

This recording from Steinway & Sons features Andrew Rangell performing one work from Leos Janacek, 3 from Bela Bartok, and one From Zoltan Kodaly. Each of these pieces features snippets from, or is based upon, folk melodies that each composer had heard and was familiar with. First is a wonderful, wistful piece titled “In the Mists” from Janacek. The melodies are seemingly simple, but in reality playing them as gently and expressively as Mr. Rangell does is quite difficult, and for me this work was really the highlight of the entire recording.

Next is “Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs” from Bela Bartok. This is a series of eight short pieces, each of which has a definite harmonic relationship to the next. There are some elements of discord in the music in the more....


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