Notes and Editorial Reviews
The gramophone has accumulated a vast repertoire of recordings of permanent value, and so the Historical category has been divided into vocal and instrumental departments. Even so, competition in the latter remained intense. My colleagues (Malcolm Macdonald and Robert Layton) and I had an arduous task in reducing a so-called short list of about two dozen items to just one. Some of the strongest runners, such as Gieseking's Debussy recordings (HMV RLS752, 9/80), had been predictable, but others might occasion surprise, like the reissue of Harold Samuel's Bach performances (Pearl GEMM147, 11/80). In the end, however, "Bartok plays Bartok" seemed the right and natural choice, for it presents one of our century's greatest composers,
who was among the few who was also a great pianist, in works of his own. On one side he is heard in excerpts from the Mikrokosmos series, and the profound musicality of his playing scarcely needs emphasis. On the other side he is found with Joseph Szigeti and Benny Goodman in Contrasts, a work they jointly commissioned and of which they gave the first performances. Here then is some living musical history, recordings that will be of as much interest in a hundred years time as they are now, a demonstration of the gramophone's true value.
-- Gramophone [Gramophone Award Winner as an LP, 3/1981]
Works on This Recording
Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111 by Béla Bartók
Béla Bartók (Piano),
Joseph Szigeti (Violin),
Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938; Budapest, Hungary
Date of Recording: 05/13/1940
Venue: New York City
Length: 14 Minutes 53 Secs.
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