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Collectors Edition - Bartók: Solo Piano Music / Kocsis


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000531102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán KocsisKároly MocsariMárta Lukin
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 9 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


To those who've despaired of piecing together Zoltan Kocsis' unprecedented solo Bartók cycle from various deleted single-disc releases, take heart. Here it is, all eight discs, housed in a slim-line, budget-priced boxed set, with terrific annotations to boot. From the simplest Mikrokosmos to the most taxing moments in the Etudes, Sonata, and Out of Doors suite, Kocsis realizes Bartók's intentions with extraordinary specificity in regard to pianism per se and score-reading. He takes the composer's exacting timings and metronome markings on faith, yet he also gives serious consideration to variant readings based on Bartók's own recorded performances. Most of all, Kocsis'
Read more thoroughly internalized command of Bartók's speech-like syntax brings out the music's lyrical underside that many percussive Bartók players either ignore or don't know exists. Mezzo-soprano Marta Lukin admirably helps out in the Mikrokosmos selections for which the composer suggests a vocal line, while Karoly Mocsari joins in on the six that require a second piano.


For comprehensiveness, sonic quality, and interpretation, this set has no peer (with all due respect to György Sandor's authoritative Bartók legacy), and is not likely to be surpassed in the near future. This is the Bartók piano music Bible; don't let it slip away. [1/17/2006]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Bagatelles (14) for Piano, Op. 6/Sz 38 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Elegies (2) for Piano, Op. 8b/Sz 41 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1909; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Sonatina for Piano, Sz 55 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Hungarian Folktunes (3) for Piano, Sz 66 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
Romanian Dances (2) for Piano, Op. 8a/Sz 43 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7.
Hungarian folksongs (3) from the Csik district, Sz 35a by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8.
Allegro barbaro for Piano, Sz 49 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9.
Dirges (4) for Piano, Op. 9a/Sz 45 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Romanian Christmas Carols for Piano, Sz 57 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Etudes (3) for Piano, Op. 18/Sz 72 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
13.
Rondos (3) on Slovak folktunes for Piano, Sz 84 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1927; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
14.
The First Term at the Piano, Sz 53 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1929; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 33 Secs. 
15.
For Children, Sz 42 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909/1945; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 74 Minutes 39 Secs. 
16.
Sonata for Piano, Sz 80 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 17 Secs. 
17.
Out of Doors, Sz 81 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 19 Secs. 
18.
Little Pieces (9) for Piano, Sz 82 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 16 Secs. 
19.
Petite Suite for Piano, Sz 105 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Béla Bartók. 
20.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 1 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 1 Secs. 
21.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 2 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano), Károly Mocsari (Piano), Márta Lukin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 41 Secs. 
22.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 3 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano), Márta Lukin (Mezzo Soprano), Károly Mocsari (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 42 Secs. 
23.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 57 Secs. 
24.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Márta Lukin (Mezzo Soprano), Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 10 Secs. 
25.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 5 Secs. 
26.
Burlesques (3) for Piano, Op. 8c/Sz 47 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1911; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
27.
Sketches (7) for Piano, Op. 9b/Sz 44 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 20 Secs. 
28.
Hungarian Peasant Songs (15) for Piano, Sz 71 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 22 Secs. 
29.
Improvisations (8) on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20/Sz 74 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
30.
Easy Pieces (10) for Piano, Sz 39 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 57 Secs. 
31.
Dance Suite for Piano, Sz 77 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg, Germany (08/1998 - 08/1999) 
32.
Pieces (4) for Piano, BB 27/DD 71 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 26 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg, Germany (08/1998 - 08/1999) 
33.
Kossuth, Sz 21: Marche funčbre by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1905
Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg, Germany (08/1998 - 08/1999) 
34.
Rhapsody for Piano, Op. 1/BB 36a by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany (08/1998 - 08/1999) 
35.
Rhapsody for Piano, Op. 1/BB 36a: Adagio mesto by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany (08/1998 - 08/1999) 

Sound Samples

14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 1. Molto sostenuto
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 2. Allegro giocoso
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 3. Andante
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 4. Grave
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 5. Vivo
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 6. Lento
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 7. Allegretto molto capriccioso
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 8. Andante sostenuto
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 9. Allegretto grazioso
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 10. Allegro
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 11. Allegretto molto rubato
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 12. Rubato
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 13. Lento funebre (Elle est morte)
14 Bagatelles, BB 50, Sz. 38 (Op.6): 14. Waltz (Presto) (Ma mie qui danse)
2 Elegies, BB 49 Sz. 41 (Op.8b): 1. Grave
2 Elegies, BB 49 Sz. 41 (Op.8b): 2. Molto adagio, sempre rubato
6 Roumanian Folk Dances, BB 68, Sz. 56: 1. Stick Dance
6 Roumanian Folk Dances, BB 68, Sz. 56: 2. Sash Dance
6 Roumanian Folk Dances, BB 68, Sz. 56: 3. In One Spot
6 Roumanian Folk Dances, BB 68, Sz. 56: 4. Horn Dance
6 Roumanian Folk Dances, BB 68, Sz. 56: 5. Roumanian Polka
6 Roumanian Folk Dances, BB 68, Sz. 56: 6. Fast Dance
Sonatina, BB 69, Sz. 55: 1. Allegretto - Allegro
Sonatina, BB 69, Sz. 55: 2. Moderato
Sonatina, BB 69, Sz. 55: 3. Allegro vivace
3 Hungarian Folk Tunes, BB 80b, Sz. 66: 1. Andante tranquillo, rubato
3 Hungarian Folk Tunes, BB 80b, Sz. 66: 2. Allegro non troppo, un poco rubato
3 Hungarian Folk Tunes, BB 80b, Sz. 66: 3. Maestoso
2 Roumanian Dances, BB 56, Sz. 43 (Op.8a): 1. Allegro vivace
2 Roumanian Dances, BB 56, Sz. 43 (Op.8a): 2. Poco allegro
3 Hungarian Folksongs from the Csěk District, BB 45b, Sz. 35a
Allegro barbaro, BB 63, Sz. 49
4 Dirges, BB 58, Sz. 45 (Op.9a): 1. Adagio
4 Dirges, BB 58, Sz. 45 (Op.9a): 2. Andante
4 Dirges, BB 58, Sz. 45 (Op.9a): 3. Poco Lento
4 Dirges, BB 58, Sz. 45 (Op.9a): 4. Assai andante
Suite, BB 70, Sz. 62 (Op.14): 1. Allegretto
Suite, BB 70, Sz. 62 (Op.14): 2. Scherzo
Suite, BB 70, Sz. 62 (Op.14): 3. Allegro molto
Suite, BB 70, Sz. 62 (Op.14): 4. Sostenuto
Roumanian Christmas Carols, BB 67, Sz. 57: 1st Series
Roumanian Christmas Carols, BB 67, Sz. 57: 2nd Series
3 Studies, BB 81, Sz. 72 (Op.18): 1. Allegro molto
3 Studies, BB 81, Sz. 72 (Op.18): 2. Andante sostenuto - Piů mosso
3 Studies, BB 81, Sz. 72 (Op.18): 3. Rubato - Molto sostenuto - Tempo giusto - Rubato
3 Rondos on Folk Tunes, BB 92, Sz. 84: 1. Andante - Allegro molto - Piů vivo - Tempo I - Allegro giocoso - Tempo I
3 Rondos on Folk Tunes, BB 92, Sz. 84: 2. Vivacissimo - Allegro non troppo - Tempo I - Allegro assai - Un poco meno mosso - Allegro assai - Tempo I - Allegro non troppo - Tempo I
3 Rondos on Folk Tunes, BB 92, Sz. 84: 3. Allegro molto - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Molto tranquillo - Piů lento - Allegro - Meno mosso - Piů mosso - Tempo I
First Term at the Piano, BB 66, Sz. 53

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