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Hungarian Folk Songs By Bartok And Kodaly / Thomas Bogdan, Yoshiko Sato

Bartok / Kodaly / Bogdan / Sato
Release Date: 07/28/2009 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 2967   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla BartókZoltán Kodály
Performer:  Thomas BogdanYoshiko Sato
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BARTÓK 10 Hungarian Folk Songs , Sz 33: excerpts. 8 Hungarian Folk Songs , Sz 64. 20 Hungarian Folk Songs , Sz 92: excerpts. KODÁLY Hungarian Folk Songs: excerpts Thomas Bogdan (ten); Yoshiko Sato (pn) CENTAUR CRC 2967 (47:07)


These folk songs were set by Read more Bartók and Kodály, retaining as much of the original character and harmonies as possible. They are less-than-full-fledged compositions by those masters, but they contain many elements that influenced each of their developments. They also have considerable musical and dramatic interest of their own.


Thomas Bogdan is a musical polymath: creator, performer, and teacher—at Bennington College, where these recordings were made in 2007. He is trained in Magyar, although I cannot vouch for the accuracy of his pronunciation; the booklet includes his English translations of the texts, which are rather free, judging from the neat-looking match of Magyar and English in Hungaroton’s Bartók Complete Edition. His Bartók performances are universally slower than those by two sopranos in that set, and Yoshiko Sato’s piano accompaniments are appropriately more sober. The results lean both ways. The Hungarian performances are more exciting, more dramatic, and are convincingly folklike. All the performers are well-trained professional musicians, but the Hungarians capture a flavor of the streets (or country by-lanes), while Bogdan and Sato cannot escape the concert hall. One Bogdan advantage—for me, at least—is that his caution and careful pronunciation make it easier for me to follow the written Magyar in each booklet. There are multiple recordings of Sz 33 and Sz 64 with Bartók accompanying various singers (soprano, alto, tenor), all made in 1928. They are available in a six-CD Hungaroton set, Bartók at the Piano, which I have not heard.


Most of Kodály’s settings are more outgoing and more complex than the Bartók ones, if less subtle. It is not clear how much this derives from Kodály’s (or Bogdan’s) choice of songs and how much from the character of the two composers. Bogdan and Sato sound more comfortable here, reveling in the music rather than just presenting it. Centaur’s recorded sound is clean and clear, the voice and piano well balanced. In the end, Bogdan leaves a surprisingly strong impression, being emotional and dramatic in his own way. Although it includes only excerpts of all but Sz 64, this disc is a desirable complement to any of several Hungarian recordings of these songs, which—except for Bartók’s tenor—are all by female voices.


FANFARE: James H. North
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hungarian Folksongs, Sz 33: no 2, I would cross the Tisza in a boat by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Thomas Bogdan (), Yoshiko Sato (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906/1938; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Hungarian Folksongs, Sz 33: no 7, From the withered branch by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Thomas Bogdan (), Yoshiko Sato (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906/1938; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Hungarian Folksongs, Sz 33: no 8, I walked to the end by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906/1938; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Hungarian Folksongs, Sz 33: no 10, My sweetheart is ploughing by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Thomas Bogdan (), Yoshiko Sato (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906/1938; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Hungarian Folksongs (8), Sz 64 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Thomas Bogdan (), Yoshiko Sato (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1907-1917; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 10 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6.
Hungarian Folksongs (20), Sz 92: no 3, The fugitive by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Hungarian Folksongs (20), Sz 92: no 2, Old lament by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
8.
Hungarian Folksongs (20), Sz 92: no 14, Complaint by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Hungarian Folksongs (20), Sz 92: no 9, The shepherd by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Hungarian Folksongs (20), Sz 92: no 13, Dialogue song by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
11.
Hungarian Folksongs (20) (Húsz magyar népdal), for voice & piano in 4 volumes, Sz. 92, BB 98: Székel by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1929; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Hungarian Folk Music (Magyar népzene), folksongs (62) for voice & piano: Katona vagyok én by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
13.
Hungarian Folk Music (Magyar népzene), folksongs (62) for voice & piano: Arról alúl by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
14.
Hungarian Folk Music (Magyar népzene), folksongs (62) for voice & piano: Dobordói dal by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
15.
Hungarian Folk Music (Magyar népzene), folksongs (62) for voice & piano: Virágos kenderem by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Thomas Bogdan (), Yoshiko Sato (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
16.
Hungarian Folk Music (Magyar népzene), folksongs (62) for voice & piano: Körtéfa by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
17.
Hungarian Folk Music (Magyar népzene), folksongs (62) for voice & piano: Egy kicsi madarka by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
18.
Hungarian Folk Music (Magyar népzene), folksongs (62) for voice & piano: Elkiáltom magamat by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Yoshiko Sato (Piano), Thomas Bogdan ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924-1932; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/2007 
Venue:  Bennington College 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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