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Bartok: Complete Solo Piano Music / Zoltan Kocsis [8-CD Collector's Edition]


Release Date: 10/19/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001479802   
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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, reviewing an earlier box of these same recordings
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Works on This Recording

1. Mikrokosmos, Sz 107 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
2. Bagatelles (14) for Piano, Op. 6/Sz 38 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Budapest, Hungary 
3. Elegies (2) for Piano, Op. 8b/Sz 41 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1909; Budapest, Hungary 
4. Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
5. Sonatina for Piano, Sz 55 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
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 
7. Hungarian Folktunes (3) for Piano, Sz 66 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; Budapest, Hungary 
8. Allegro barbaro for Piano, Sz 49 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Budapest, Hungary 
9. Dirges (4) for Piano, Op. 9a/Sz 45 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Budapest, Hungary 
10. Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Budapest, Hungary 
11. Romanian Christmas Carols for Piano, Sz 57 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
12. Etudes (3) for Piano, Op. 18/Sz 72 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Budapest, Hungary 
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 
14. For Children, Sz 42 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909/1945; Budapest, Hungary 
15. The First Term at the Piano, Sz 53 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1929; Hungary 
16. Sonata for Piano, Sz 80 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
17. Out of Doors, Sz 81 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
18. Little Pieces (9) for Piano, Sz 82 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
19. Petite Suite for Piano, Sz 105 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary 
20. Burlesques (3) for Piano, Op. 8c/Sz 47 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1911; Budapest, Hungary 
21. Sketches (7) for Piano, Op. 9b/Sz 44 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Budapest, Hungary 
22. Hungarian Peasant Songs (15) for Piano, Sz 71 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; Budapest, Hungary 
23. Improvisations (8) on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20/Sz 74 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Budapest, Hungary 
24. Easy Pieces (10) for Piano, Sz 39 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Budapest, Hungary 
25. Dance Suite for Piano, Sz 77 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Budapest, Hungary 
26. Rhapsody for Piano, Op. 1/BB 36a by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Budapest, Hungary 
27. Pieces (4) for Piano, BB 27/DD 71 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903 
28. Kossuth, Sz 21: Marche funčbre by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Budapest, Hungary 
29. Rhapsody for Piano, Op. 1/BB 36a by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; Budapest, Hungary 

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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