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Rediscovering the Piano

Donald Macleod explores the circumstances of Bartok's second marriage and his subsequent re-emergence as a composer and pianist of international renown. With the Cantata Profana.

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 explores the circumstances of Bartok's second marriage, and his subsequent re-emergence as a composer and pianist of international renown.

Dance Suite: 5th and 6th movements (Comodo, Finale)
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Zoltan Kocsis (conductor)

Frescobaldi (transcribed Bela Bartok)
Fuga in G minor
Ilona Prunyi (piano)

Out of Doors Suite: 4th movement (The Night's Music)
Rolf Hind (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 1: 3rd movement (Allegro Molto)
BBC Philharmonic
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Cantata Profana
John Aler (tenor)
John Tomlinson (baritone)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Music for Strings Percussion and Celesta: Finale
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti (conductor).

1 hour

Music Played

  • Béla Bartók

    Dance suite Sz.77 - Comodo - finale (allegro)

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis. Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar.
    • HUNGAROTON : hsacd-32187.
    • HUNGAROTON.
    • 10.
  • Béla Bartók

    (Frescobaldi) Fugue in G minor, transc. for piano

    Performer: Ilona Prunyi.
    • MARCO POLO: 8223663.
    • MARCO POLO.
    • 9.
  • Béla Bartók

    Out of doors - suite Sz.81 for piano

    Performer: Rolf Hind.
    • MARCO POLO: 8223663.
    • MARCO POLO.
    • 16.
  • Béla Bartók

    Piano Concerto no. 1 Sz.83 - 3rd movement; Allegro molto

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-10610.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 3.
  • Béla Bartók

    Cantata profana Sz.94

    Performer: Chicago S O.. Performer: Chicago Symphony Chorus. Singer: John Aler. Singer: John Tomlinson. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP : 435-863-2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP.
    • 1.
  • Béla Bartók

    Music for strings, percussion and celesta Sz.106 - 4th movement; Allegro molto

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA : 470-516-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 4.

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