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Bartok: Contrasts, Mikrokosmos / Bartok, Szigeti, Goodman


Release Date: 03/25/2010 
Label:  Cbs Masterworks Portrait Catalog #: 47676   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla BartókJoseph SzigetiBenny Goodman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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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, Read more 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]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  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. 
2.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 113, Bulgarian Rhythm I by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 129, Alternating Thirds by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 131, Fourths by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 128, Peasant Dance by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 120, Fifth Chords by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
7.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 109, From the Island of Bali by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 138, Bagpipe by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 100, In the Style of a Folksong by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 142, From the Diary of a Fly by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
11.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 140, Free Variations by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
12.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 133, Syncopation by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
13.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 149, Dance no 2 in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
14.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 148, Dance no 1 in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
15.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 108, Wrestling by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
16.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 150, Dance no 3 in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
17.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 151, Dance no 4 in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
18.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 3, no 94, Tale by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
19.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 152, Dance no 5 in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
20.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 153, Dance no 6 in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
21.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 126, Change of Time by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 38 Secs. 
22.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 116, Melody by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
23.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 130, Village Joke by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 44 Secs. 
24.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 139, Merry Andrew by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
25.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 147, March by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
26.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 144, Minor Seconds, Major Sevenths by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
27.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 97, Notturno by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
28.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 118, Triplets in 9/8 Time by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
29.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 141, Subject and Reflection by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
30.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 131, Fourths by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
31.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 5, no 125, Boating by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
32.
Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 114, Theme and Inversion by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Béla Bartók (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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