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The Bartok Album / Klara Wurtz

Bartok / Wurtz
Release Date: 06/12/2012 
Label:  Piano Classics   Catalog #: 35   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Klára Würtz
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After her critically acclaimed recordings of Mozart (complete sonatas), Schumann and Schubert, Hungarian-born Klára Würtz turns to her compatriot Béla Bartók, presenting a representative selection of his piano works. She plays a powerful, rhythmically vital yet never “pounding’ Sonata, a colourful and vibrant Suite Op. 14, an uncompromising Allegro Barbaro, and a selection of pieces from Mikrokosmos and Gyermekeknek (For Children). In these latter pieces one feels her innate feeling for the (musical) language of the Hungarian children’s songs and nursery rhymes.

Klára Würtz studied at the Liszt Ferenc Academy in Budapest, imbibing the rich musical culture and knowledge of such teachers as
Read more György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, and Zoltán Kocsis.

Würtz’s recent recording for Piano Classics of the Schubert Impromptus (PCL0013) was reviewed in Fanfare: “There are just a handful of great recordings of these 8 pieces: Schnabel, Brendel, Lupu, Zimerman, Uchida, Perahia…I believe that Klára Würtz belongs to this exalted company…this is very natural and distinctive music-making at a very high level..” (Charles Timbrell, Fanfare)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Piano, Op. 14/Sz 62 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Sonata for Piano, Sz 80 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
4.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 148-153, Dances (6) in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
5.
For Children, Sz 42: Book 2 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano)

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