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Bartok: Improvisations On Hungarian Peasant Songs; Rosza: Sonate Fur Klavier; Carter: Piano Sonata

Bartok / Carter / Rosza
Release Date: 03/12/2013 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9388   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla BartókMiklós RózsaElliott Carter
Performer:  Martin Perry
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc marks pianist Martin Perry’s first recording for Bridge. Perry is much admired as an interpreter of modernist piano repertoire, and has appeared with orchestras from the Boston Pops to the Moscow Philharmonic. Annotator Malcolm MacDonald writes that the three major works on this disc demand extreme virtuosity from the performer, “but the solidity and originality of their musical substance demands understanding, subtlety and the ability to discern lyricism and poetry in sometimes daunting and dissonant contexts.” Bartók’s rhapsodic op. 20, composed during 1920, might be counted his most esoteric treatment of his research in Hungarian folk music. Rózsa’s Sonata is in three movements, and was composed in 1948. It is the Read more composer’s most substantial keyboard composition. Elliott Carter's Piano Sonata is generally acknowledged to be his first wholly successful large scale work, composed in two broad and complex movements. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Improvisations (8) on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20/Sz 74 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Martin Perry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Sonata for Piano, Op. 20 by Miklós Rózsa
Performer:  Martin Perry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
3.
Sonata for Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Martin Perry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945-1946; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Intriguing program April 30, 2013 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Martin Perry presents works by three composers that aren't often grouped together: Bela Bartok, Miklos R&oacute;osa, and Elliot Carter. And yet the three works on this disc form a cohesive and intriguing program. <br /> <br /> Bartok used folk songs as the basis for his Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20. But as the title suggests, he didn't simply present the folk songs intact. He works with his material, often taking it in unexpected directions. The overall effect is that we're hearing both something old and something new -- which we are. <br /> <br /> Miklos Rozsa is best remembered for his film scores, but he started his career as a classical composer, and remained so throughout his life. His Piano Sonata, Op. 20 has the some of the post-romantic gestures of his movie music, but there's more to it than that. Rozsa's composition is densely textured and complex in structure. Perry rises to the challenge, articulating the intricate lines that weave in and out of each other. <br /> <br /> The 1945 piano sonata of Elliot Carter is something of a transitional work. Carter was still writing in a neoclassical style in the 1940's, but one can hear the move towards what would become his highly personal form of serialism. Martin Perry plays with clarity, and illuminates the overarching organization of the work. His phrasing makes connections between the various motivic elements, so that the music builds logically rather than sound like a series of isolated incidents. Despite being devilishly difficult, Perry makes the piece flow, and even plays with elan." Report Abuse
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