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First Loves

Donald Macleod focuses on the years leading up to World War I, including Bartok's discovery of folksong and his friendship with Kodaly.

Donald Macleod explores the life and career of composer Bela Bartok (1881-1945), one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century. Today's programme focuses on the years leading up to the 1st World War, including Bartok's discovery of folksong and his friendship with fellow composer, Zoltan Kodaly. We also learn about an early jilted romance and Bartok's first marriage. Featuring an excerpt from one of his most infamous works, Duke Bluebeard's Castle.

Trad Mikor gulaslegeny voltam (When I was a herdsman)
Singer unknown

Fourteen Bagatelles; No. 4
Kornel Zempleni (piano)

Two Portraits; 2nd movement: Grotesque
London Symphony Orchestra
Shlomo Mintz (vln)/
Claudio Abbado (conductor)

Fourteen Bagatelles; Nos. 3, 13, 14
Robert Hagopian (piano)

String Quartet No. 1
Tokyo String Quartet

Duke Bluebeard's Castle; Door 7
Elena Zhidkova (mezzo-soprano)
Sir Willard White (bass-baritone)
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (conductor).

1 hour

Music Played

  • (Trad)

    Mikor gulaslegeny voltam

    Singer: singer unknown.
    • Hungaroton: HCD18252.
    • Hungaroton.
    • 3.
  • Béla Bartók

    14 Bagatelles Sz.38, Op.6 for piano - no.4; Grave

    Performer: Kornél Zempléni.
    • Hungaraton HCD 18252.
    • Hungaraton.
    • 4.
  • Béla Bartók

    2 Portraits - one ideal, one grotesque Sz.37, Op.5 for orchestra - no.2;

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP : 410-598.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP.
    • 16.
  • Béla Bartók

    14 Bagatelles Sz.38, Op.6 for piano - Nos 3, 13, 14

    Performer: Robert Hagopian.
    • ETCETERA KTC 1012.
    • ETCETERA.
    • 12.
  • Béla Bartók

    String Quartet no. 1 Sz.40

    Ensemble: Tokyo String Quartet.
    • DECCA : 09026-68286 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 9.
  • Béla Bartók

    Duke Bluebeard's Castle - Door 7

    Singer: Siegmund Nimsgern. Singer: Tatiana Troyanos. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : SMK-64110.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 11.
  • Béla Bartók

    Duke Bluebeard's castle - opera in 1 act Sz.48 extract 7th door

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Singer: Willard White. Orchestra: London S O.. Singer: Elena Zhidkova.

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