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Episode 1

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of composer, pianist and folksong collector Bela Bartok. He examines music inspired by his failed love affair with violinist Stefi Geyer, as well as an excerpt from his only opera. The composer had to wait eight years to see it staged for the first time.

Fourteen Bagatelles (No 2)
Bela Bartok (piano)
EMI CDC555031-2 T1

Four Hungarian Folk Songs, Sz 50
Male chorus of the Hungarian People's Army
Zoltan Vasarhelyi (conductor)
HUNGAROTON HCD31047 T1-4

Two Portraits
Shlomo Mintz (violin)
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
DG 4105982 T15-16

Ten Easy Pieces (Nos 4,6,11)
Peter Frankl (piano)
ASV CDDCA687 T4, 6 and 11

String Quartet No 1 (final movement)
Takacs Quartet
DECCA 455 297-2 CD1 T3

Duke Bluebeard's Castle (excerpt)
Bluebeard ...... Siegmund Nimsgern
Judith ...... Tatiana Troyanos
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Boulez (conductor)
SONY CLASSICAL SMK64110 T10-12.

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1 hour

Last on

Mon 16 Feb 2009 22:00

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