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BARTOK, B.: Piano Music, Vol. 6 (Jando) - The First Term at the Piano / 4 Piano Pieces / Petits morceaux / 2 Elegies

Composer(s):Bartok, Bela
Artist(s) Jando, Jeno, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572376
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Bartók’s early piano works demonstrate his Lisztian flair as a virtuoso pianist, and nowhere more so than the ambitious Study for the Left Hand, the first of his Four Piano Pieces. The second of the set owes even more to Liszt, as indeed do the exciting Two Elegies. Bartók made a piano transcription of the last two sections of his own nationalist symphonic poem, Kossuth, in the form of a Funeral March. He similarly arranged two of his song transcriptions under the title Petits Morceaux. First Term at the Piano is a series of delightful teaching pieces.


Review By Steve Arloff ,MusicWeb International,October 2011

This disc is the sixth in the cycle of Bartók’s complete piano music played by Jeno Jandó. I love these works and never tire of hearing them, even those some might categorise as banal like tracks 10-27 which really are simple children’s pieces. He wrote a lot of such little miniatures, but it is the very simplicity that is so appealing to me; small can be beautiful in music as well as in anything else and complexity doesn’t necessarily imply that something is good either. The first work on the disc, whilst also being very lyrical and approachable, is an extremely tough challenge for pianists. I was surprised to learn from the liner-notes that the work has never found much acceptance—I can’t understand why as it’s a lovely sounding

This disc is another welcome addition to the complete piano series and Jandó is, as always, a highly intelligent and convincing interpreter.



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