Bartok, Bela (1881-1945)

March 19, 2013, 7:00 pm

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This week Bill follows the life and musical development of one of Hungary’s greatest composers. A musician’s musician, Bartok was supported by many of the great conductors of his time; Paul Sacher, conductor of the Basel Chamber Orchestra commissioned the Divertimento for Strings, Serge Koussevitsky and Fritz Reiner commissioned the Concerto for Orchestra, and Benny Goodman commissioned his trio Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano.

Playlist

Episode 1

Bela Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
Lon 430352
:28

Bartók: ‘Unpublished’ Sonata for Violin and Piano (excerpt)
Szabadi, violin; Gulyás, piano
Hungaroton 31558
:53

Bartók: Transylvanian Dance for Violin duo (excerpt)
Muzsikás and Márta Sebestyén, violins
Fono 571439
:36

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #2 (excerpt)
Cziffra, piano
EMI 56228
:48

Roby Lakatos
WQXR broadcast excerpts not commercially available
1:12, 1:04

Bartók: Andante for Violin and Piano (excerpt)
Pauk, violin; Jandó, piano
Naxos 8.550886
1:15

Bartók: Piano Quintet – II. Vivace (Scherzando)
Kodály Quartet & Jeno Jando, piano
Naxos 8.550886
8:47

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, op. 30: Einleitung (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
London 440618
:42

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Barenboim
Erato 2292-45621-2
:28

Bartók: Kossuth, Sz. 21
Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer
Philips 456575-2
19:59

Bartók: Fekete Föd (Snow-White Kerchief)
Basilides, soprano; Bartók, piano
Pearl 9266
1:34

Bartók: String Quartet #1 In A Minor, III
Emerson Quartet
DG 477 6322
11:37

Episode 2

Bartók: Violin Duo No. 4- Midsummer Night Song
Drucker & Setzer, violins
Biddulph 020
:48

Bartók: Four Orchestral Pieces, Op. 12, III
NY Phil/Boulez
Sony 45837
4:26

Bartók: Allegro Barbaro, Sz. 49
Bartók, piano
EMI 55031
2:30

Bartók: Evening In Transylvania
Bartók, piano
Priceless 22719
2:51

Bartók: Hungarian Sketches (excerpts)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Boulez
DG 435825
2:47

Bartók: String Quartet No. 2 (excerpts)
Takács Quartet
Lon 455297
:56, :42

Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle (excerpts)
Hungarian State Orchestra/Fischer; Ramey, bass; Martón, soprano
CBS 44523
6:37

Bartók: The Wooden Prince, I-III
New York Phil/Boulez
DG 435 863
10:56

Bartók: Istenem (Coldly Runs The River), rec. 1928
Basilides, mezzo-soprano; Bartók, piano
Gemm 9266
1:24

Bartók: 6 Romanian Folk Dances
Szigeti, violin; Bartók, piano
EMI 55031
5:26

Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, IV- Slightly Tipsy
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Boulez
DG 445825
2:11

Bartók: Burlesques No. 2, Slightly Tipsy
Bartók, piano
EMI 55031
2:07

The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
Tom Waits
Asylum 21375
:44

Bartók: Violin Duo No. 5 – Slovakian Song
Drucker, violin; Setzer, violin
Biddulph 020
:58

Episode 3

Bartók: Violin Duo No. 42- Arabian Song
Drucker, violin; Setzer, violin
Biddulph 020
1:10

Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, II
Takács Quartet
London 455297
7:16

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Op. 19
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
EMI 47117 2
20:07

Bartók: Violin Sonata #2, I
Andsnes, piano; Tezlaff, violin
Virgin Classics 45668
8:05

Ravel: Tzigane For Violin & Piano (excerpt)
Hope, violin; Knauer, lutheal
Warner 61329
4:59

Bartók: Village Scenes: Lullaby
New York Philharmonic/Boulez; Fuerstman, alto
Sony 45837
4:42

Bartók: Cantata Profana (excerpt)
Budapest Festival Orchestra & Choir of Hungarian Radio & TV/Solti
London 458929
1:09

Orff: Carmina Burana (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Muti
EMI 73573
:37

Episode 4

Bartok: Violin Duo No. 34: Counting Song (excerpt)
Setzer, violin; Drucker, violin
Biddulph 020
:59

Bartók: Piano Concerto #2, SZ 95 – 1. Allegro
Berlin Philharmonic/Boulez; Andsnes, piano
DG B0003885-02
9:19

Bartók: Contrasts – I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)
Goodman, clarinet; Bartok, piano; Szigeti, violin
Pearl 57
5:25

Bartók: Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta, III & IV
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
London 430 352-2
13:21

Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2, I (excerpt), II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Boulez; Shaham, violin
DG 459 639
10:50

Bartók: Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra, III
Concertgebouw/Zinman; Argerich, piano; Freiere, piano
Philips 416 378-2
6:44

Episode 5

Bartók: Divertimento for Strings, III
Camerata Academica Des Mozarteums/Végh
Capriccio 10300
7:13

Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra, I
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
London/Decca 400 052-2
9:04

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60Leningrad, I
Live broadcast from July 19, 1942
NBC Symphony Orchestra/Toscanini
:28 (excerpt)

Lehár: “Da Geh’ Ich Zu Maxim” fr. Merry Widow (excerpt)
Thomas Hampson, baritone
London Phil Orch/Welser-Most
Warner Classics 2564619045
:26

Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra, IV & V
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
London/Decca 400 052-2
13:40

Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3, II & III
L. A. Philharmonic Orchestra/Salonen; Bronfman, piano
Sony 66718
17:13

Bartók: Violin Duo No. 10 – Ruthenian Song
Drucker, violin; Setzer, violin
Biddulph 020
:59