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BARTOK, B.: Piano Music, Vol. 5 (Jando) - Mikrokosmos (complete)

Composer(s):Bartok, Bela
Artist(s) Takacs, Tamara, mezzo-soprano • Szokolay, Balazs, piano • Jando, Jeno, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.557821-22
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The 153 piano pieces of Béla Bartók’s Mikrokosmos are a milestone in piano literature. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from musical terms and technical procedures to indications of regional provenance and folk derivation, they are arranged in order of increasing technical and musical difficulty, while encapsulating Bartók’s maturing soundworld during the period 1926–1939. When asked, near the end of his life, about the meaning of his chosen title, Bartók explained that “Mikrokosmos may be interpreted as a series of pieces in many different styles, representing a small world. Or it may be interpreted as ‘world of the little ones, the children’”.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Jeno Jandó’s plain style suites the earlier Mikrokosmos; and he has an excellent partner in the pieces for piano duo, and those needing a vocal contribution bring eloquent contributions from the rich-voiced Tamara Takács. Excellent recording makes this an economical first choice, with good documentation.


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