Bela Bartok (1881-1945)

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0120070618Bartok was born into a time of intense political turmoil in Hungary.

During his formative years, he was caught up in a surge of nationalism that gripped his homeland and informed many of his early compositions.

But, as Donald Macleod discovers, it wasn't long before another, stronger influence was to transform his life and work.

Ha kimagyek arr' a magos tetore (If I climb the rocky mountains, Eight Hungarian Folksongs)

Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano)

Ilona Prunyi (piano)

Kossuth

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer (conductor)

Two Portraits

Chantal Juillet (violin)

Orchestre symphonique de Montreal

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

Seven Sketches, Op 9b (Nos 1,2 and 4)

Jeno Jando (piano)

String Quartet No 1 (last movement)

Takacs Quartet.

01A Small And Sickly Child20150126

Donald Macleod explores the life and career of composer Bela Bartok (1881-1945), one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century. Today he focuses on Bartok's sickly childhood, early life and musical beginnings, including his first major work Kossuth, influenced by Strauss and inspired by a Hungarian revolutionary.

0220070619One of the outstanding features of Bartok's genius is the febrile musical imagination he demonstrated in his three intense, fantastical and often disturbing dramatic works.

Donald Macleod looks at the vivid imagery that Bartok conjured up in his works for the stage.

Allegro Barbaro

Bela Bartok (piano)

Duke Bluebeard's Castle (excerpt)

Bluebeard....John Tomlinson (bass)

Judith....Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

The Wooden Prince (excerpt)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Miraculous Mandarin Suite

Philharmonia Orchestra

Neeme Jarvi (conductor).

02First Loves2015012720170821 (R3)

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).

Donald Macleod focuses on the years leading up to World War I.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02First Loves20170821Donald Macleod focuses on the years leading up to World War I.

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).

0320070620Bartok's all-consuming passion for collecting and arranging folksongs faltered over a crisis in his own compositional style.

He was so confused by the rapidly changing musical landscape around him that for a few years he stopped composing altogether.

Donald Macleod looks at Bartok's middle years as he struggled to find his own voice.

8 Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs (No 2)

Murray Perahia (piano)

Out of Doors (Nos 1, 3 and 6)

Joanna McGregor (piano)

String Quartet No 3

Emerson String Quartet

Piano Concerto No 2

Zoltan Kocsis (piano)

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer (conductor).

03World War I and Withdrawal2015012820170822 (R3)

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 a troubled period in Bartok's life. As World War I took hold in Europe, the composer was suffering from a crisis of confidence. He withdrew from Hungarian musical society, writing little new music. However, a chance encounter with a young girl revitalised him, leading to works such as the 2nd String Quartet, the Wooden Prince and the Miraculous Mandarin.

Roman Nepi Tancok (Romanian Folk Dances) BB 76
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Zoltan Kocsis (conductor)

Op. 15 songs; No. 2: Summer, No. 5: In the Valley
Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano)
Ilona Prunyi (piano)

The Wooden Prince; The Princess Dances with the Wooden Prince
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop (conductor)

String Quartet No. 2; 2nd movement: Allegro Molto Capriccioso
Quatuor Ebene

Miraculous Mandarin Suite
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

8 Improvisations on a Hungarian Theme; Theme
Bela Bartok (piano).

Exploring Bartok's crisis of confidence and the chance encounter that revitalised him.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03World War I And Withdrawal20170822Exploring Bartok's crisis of confidence and the chance encounter that revitalised him.

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 a troubled period in Bartok's life. As World War I took hold in Europe, the composer was suffering from a crisis of confidence. He withdrew from Hungarian musical society, writing little new music. However, a chance encounter with a young girl revitalised him, leading to works such as the 2nd String Quartet, the Wooden Prince and the Miraculous Mandarin.

Roman Nepi Tancok (Romanian Folk Dances) BB 76
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Zoltan Kocsis (conductor)

Op. 15 songs; No. 2: Summer, No. 5: In the Valley
Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano)
Ilona Prunyi (piano)

The Wooden Prince; The Princess Dances with the Wooden Prince
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop (conductor)

String Quartet No. 2; 2nd movement: Allegro Molto Capriccioso
Quatuor Ebene

Miraculous Mandarin Suite
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

8 Improvisations on a Hungarian Theme; Theme
Bela Bartok (piano).

0420070621By the 1930s, Bartok's international reputation as both a composer and pianist was at its peak, but in his homeland he was still struggling to gain the recognition he deserved.

Donald Macleod explores the years leading up to the Second World War, when Bartok began to realise his future may lie elsewhere rather than in his beloved Hungary.

Cantata Profana

Tamas Daroczy (tenor)

Alexandru Agache (baritone)

Choir of Hungarian Radio and Television

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Georg Solti (conductor)

Wandering; Loafer's Song (Two and Three-part Choruses)

Chamber Chorus of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

Antal Dorati (conductor)

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Seiji Ozawa (conductor).

04Rediscovering the Piano2015012920170823 (R3)

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).

Donald Macleod focuses on Bartok's re-emergence as a composer and pianist after WWI.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04Rediscovering The Piano20170823Donald Macleod focuses on Bartok's re-emergence as a composer and pianist after WWI.

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).

05Slide into War and Exile2015013020170824 (R3)

Donald Macleod explores the life and career of composer Bela Bartok (1881-1945), one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century. As Europe slipped into World War II, Bartok wrote to a friend of how he felt the whole world was drifting into evil, restlessness and terror...and of the need to go far from the vicinity of what he called the "pestilence-ridden lands. Today's programme explores Bartok life as a Hungarian émigré in America and his final years away from the land he'd once loved.

String Quartet 6; 3rd movement
Vertavo String Quartet

Ten Hungarian Folksongs: BB42; No. 1: Elindultam szep hazambul (I left my fair homeland)
Stefan Margita (tenor)
Katerina Englichova (harp)

Mikrokosmos;
Vol I: No. 16: Andante Rubato
Vol II: No. 37: In Lydian Mode: Allegretto
Vol III: No.86: Two major Pentachords
Vol IV: No. 100: In the style of a folksong
Vol V: No. 135: Perpetuum Mobile
Vol VI: No. 147: March
No. 142: From the Diary of a Fly (1'30)
No. 152: Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm [5] 57"
No. 146: Ostinato 2'10
Dezso Ranki (piano)

Concerto for Orchestra; 3rd, 4th and 5th movements
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Piano Concerto No. 3; 3rd movement
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Martha Argerich (piano)
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor).

Donald Macleod explores Bartok's final years and his move to America during World War II.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05Slide Into War And Exile20170824Donald Macleod explores Bartok's final years and his move to America during World War II.

Donald Macleod explores the life and career of composer Bela Bartok (1881-1945), one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century. As Europe slipped into World War II, Bartok wrote to a friend of how he felt the whole world was drifting into evil, restlessness and terror...and of the need to go far from the vicinity of what he called the "pestilence-ridden lands. Today's programme explores Bartok life as a Hungarian émigré in America and his final years away from the land he'd once loved.

String Quartet 6; 3rd movement
Vertavo String Quartet

Ten Hungarian Folksongs: BB42; No. 1: Elindultam szep hazambul (I left my fair homeland)
Stefan Margita (tenor)
Katerina Englichova (harp)

Mikrokosmos;
Vol I: No. 16: Andante Rubato
Vol II: No. 37: In Lydian Mode: Allegretto
Vol III: No.86: Two major Pentachords
Vol IV: No. 100: In the style of a folksong
Vol V: No. 135: Perpetuum Mobile
Vol VI: No. 147: March
No. 142: From the Diary of a Fly (1'30)
No. 152: Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm [5] 57"
No. 146: Ostinato 2'10
Dezso Ranki (piano)

Concerto for Orchestra; 3rd, 4th and 5th movements
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Piano Concerto No. 3; 3rd movement
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Martha Argerich (piano)
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor).

05 LAST20050520Donald Macleod introduces some works that Smetana wrote towards the end of his life, along with possibly his most famous piece, Vltava from Ma Vlast.

The Three Riders

Czech Philharmonic Chorus

Czech Dances Book 2: Oats, The Bear, The Little Onion, Stamp Dance

Jan Novotny (piano)

Quartet No 2 in Dm

Talich Quartet

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Malcolm Sargent (conductor).

05 LAST20070622With no desire to stay in a country for which his unwavering loyalty apparently counted for nothing, Bartok finally turned his back on Hungary for good, to make a new life for himself and his wife in America.

Donald Macleod looks at this poignant final episode in the life of one of the 20th Century's greatest composers.

Seven pieces from Mikrokosmos for 2 pianos (No 2)

Bela Bartok, Ditta Pasztory-Bartok (piano)

Contrasts (1st mvt)

Bela Bartok (piano)

Benny Goodman (clarinet)

Jozsef Sigeti (violin)

String Quartet No 6 (3rd mvt)

Takacs Quartet

Concerto for Orchestra

Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra

Antal Dorati (conductor).

0120060619The Hungarian composer and pianist B退la Bartok was born into a time of intense political turmoil in his homeland.

During his formative years, Bartok was caught up in a surge of nationalism that gripped Hungary and informed many of his early compositions.

But, as Donald Macleod discovers, it wasn't long before another, stronger influence was to transform his life and work.

Ha kimagyek arr a magos tetore (If I climb the rocky mountains)

from Eight Hungarian Folksongs Sz 64

Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano)

Ilona Prunyi (piano)

Kossuth

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer (conductor)

Two Portraits

Chantal Juillet (violin)

Orchestre symphonique de Montreal

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

Seven Sketches, Op 9b, Nos 1, 2 and 4

Jeno Jando (piano)

String Quartet No 1, last movement

Takacs Quartet.

Seven Sketches, Op 9b, Nos 1, 2 & 4

0120060626The Hungarian composer and pianist B退la Bartok was born into a time of intense political turmoil in his homeland.

During his formative years, Bartok was caught up in a surge of nationalism that gripped Hungary and informed many of his early compositions.

But, as Donald Macleod discovers, it wasn't long before another, stronger influence was to transform his life and work.

Ha kimagyek arr a magos tetore (If I climb the rocky mountains)

from Eight Hungarian Folksongs Sz 64

Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano)

Ilona Prunyi (piano)

Kossuth

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer (conductor)

Two Portraits

Chantal Juillet (violin)

Orchestre symphonique de Montreal

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

Seven Sketches, Op 9b, Nos 1, 2 & 4

Jeno Jando (piano)

String Quartet No 1, last movement

Takacs Quartet.

0220060620One of the outstanding features of B退la Bartok's genius is the febrile musical imagination he demonstrated in his three intense, fantastical and often disturbing dramatic works.

Donald Macleod looks at the vivid imagery which Bartok conjured up in these three compositions for the stage.

Allegro Barbaro

B退la Bartók (piano)

Duke Bluebeard's Castle (extract)

Bluebeard....John Tomlinson (bass)

Judith....Anne Sofie von otter (mezzo-soprano)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

The Wooden Prince (extract)

Chicago Symphony orchestra

Pierre Boulez (conductor)

Miraculous Mandarin Suite

Philharmonia Orchestra

Neeme Järvi (conductor).

0320060621Bartok's all-consuming passion for collecting and arranging folksongs faltered over a crisis in his own compositional style.

He was so confused by the rapidly changing musical landscape around him that for a few years, he stopped composing altogether.

Donald Macleod looks at Bartok's middle years as he struggled to find his own voice.

Eight Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, No 2

Murray Perahia (piano)

Out of Doors, Nos 1,3 and 6

Joanna McGregor (piano)

String Quartet No 3

Emerson String Quartet

Piano Concerto No 2

Zoltan Kocsis (piano)

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer (conductor).

0420060622By the 1930s, Bartok's international reputation as both composer and pianist was at its peak.

But at home in Hungary, he was still struggling to gain the recognition he deserved.

Donald Macleod explores the years leading up to the Second World War when Bartok began to realise his future may lie elsewhere, rather than in his beloved Hungary.

Cantata ProfanaTamas Daroczy (tenor)Alexandru Agache (baritone)Choir of Hungarian Radio and TelevisionBudapest Festival OrchestraGeorg Solti (conductor)Two- and three-part Choruses (Wandering; Loafer's Song)Chamber Chorus of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of MusicAntal Dorati (conductor)Music for Strings, Percussion and CelestaBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraSeiji Ozawa (conductor).

Cantata ProfanaTamas Daroczy (tenor)Alexandru Agache (baritone)Choir of Hungarian Radio & TelevisionBudapest Festival OrchestraGeorg Solti (conductor)Two- and three-part Choruses (Wandering; Loafer's Song)Chamber Chorus of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of MusicAntal Dorati (conductor)Music for Strings, Percussion and CelestaBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraSeiji Ozawa (conductor).

05 LAST20060623With no desire to stay in a country for which his unwavering loyalty apparently counted for nothing, Bartok finally turned his back on Hungary for good, to make a new life for himself and his wife in America.

Donald Macleod looks at this poignant, final episode in the life of one of the 20th Century's greatest composers.

Seven pieces from Mikrokosmos for 2 pianos (No 2)B退la Bartók (piano)Ditta Pasztory-Bartok (piano)Contrasts (1st mvt: Verbunkos)B退la Bartók (piano)Benny Goodman (clarinet)Jozsef Sigeti (violin)String Quartet No 6 (3rd mvt)Takacs QuartetConcerto for OrchestraAmsterdam Concertgebouw OrchestraAntal Dorati (conductor).

01Bela Bartok (1881-1945)20090216Donald 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)

  • Peter Frankl (piano)
  • asv cddca687 t4, 6 and 11

    string quartet no 1 (final movement)

  • bbc symphony orchestra
  • bela bartok (piano)
  • bluebeard....siegmund nimsgern
  • claudio abbado (conductor)
  • decca 455 297-2 cd1 t3

    duke bluebeard's castle (excerpt)

  • dg 4105982 t15-16

    ten easy pieces (nos 4,6,11)

  • emi cdc555031-2 t1

    four hungarian folk songs, sz 50

  • hungaroton hcd31047 t1-4

    two portraits

  • judith....tatiana troyanos
  • london symphony orchestra
  • male chorus of the hungarian people's army
  • pierre boulez (conductor)
  • shlomo mintz (violin)
  • sony classical smk64110 t10-12.

    Donald Macleod explores music inspired by bartok's failed love affair with stefi geyer

  • takacs quartet
  • zoltan vasarhelyi (conductor)

    Donald Macleod explores music inspired by Bartok's failed love affair with Stefi Geyer.

    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)

  • asv cddca687 t4, 6 and 11

    string quartet no 1 (final movement)

  • bbc symphony orchestra

  • bela bartok (piano)

  • bluebeard....siegmund nimsgern

  • claudio abbado (conductor)

  • decca 455 297-2 cd1 t3

    duke bluebeard's castle (excerpt)

  • dg 4105982 t15-16

    ten easy pieces (nos 4,6,11)

  • emi cdc555031-2 t1

    four hungarian folk songs, sz 50

  • hungaroton hcd31047 t1-4

    two portraits

  • judith....tatiana troyanos

  • london symphony orchestra

  • male chorus of the hungarian people's army

  • peter frankl (piano)

  • pierre boulez (conductor)

  • shlomo mintz (violin)

  • sony classical smk64110 t10-12.

    takacs quartet

  • zoltan vasarhelyi (conductor)

  • 0220090217Donald Macleod introduces the suite Bartok created from his ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, which caused a riot at its premiere, plus an excerpt from his earlier ballet The Wooden Prince which, in spite of disapproval from the conservative faction in the audience, was Bartok's first popular success.

    Az en szerelmem, Op 15 No 1

  • Peter Frankl (piano)
  • asv cddca687 - tr 2

    wooden prince (excerpt)

  • chandos chan8895 - trs 6-9

    romanian folk-dances

  • decca 4250392 - tr 12.

    Donald Macleod presents two bartok ballets that had contrasting public receptions

  • georg solti (conductor)
  • hungarian national philharmonic orchestra
  • hungaroton hcd31535 - tr 1

    suite, op 14

  • hungaroton hsacd 32506

    miraculous mandarin (concert suite)

  • ilona prunyi (piano)
  • julia hamari (mezzo-soprano)
  • london symphony orchestra
  • neeme jarvi (conductor)
  • philharmonia orchestra
  • zoltan kocsis (conductor)

  • 0320090218Donald Macleod explores Bartok's life and music, introducing the colourful suite he composed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unifaction of Budapest, which cemented his reputation as a major figure in contemporary music, as well as an evocative choral work inspired by an ancient Romanian Christmas carol.

    Three Village Scenes (Lad's Dance)

  • budapest chamber ensemble
  • gyor girls choir

  • 0420090219Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.

    He introduces a complete performance of Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste, considered one of the masterworks of the 20th Century, plus an excerpt from his Second Piano Concerto and a chamber work played by the two musicians who commissioned it, with the composer himself at the piano.

    Romanian Whirling Dance

  • Benny Goodman (clarinet)
  • Simon Rattle (conductor)
  • bela bartok (piano)
  • biddulph lab 070-71 cd2 t16

    music for strings, percussion and celeste

  • chicago symphony orchestra
  • chicago symphony orchestrabetween the ears

    i send you this cadmium red

    20020119

    a collaboration between artist John Christie and writer John Berger, with music composed and performed by Gavin Bryars and his quartet."

    music for strings, percussion and celeste

  • city of birmingham symphony orchestra
  • decca 4705162 cd2 t1-4.

    Donald Macleod introduces bartok's celebrated music for strings, percussion and celeste

  • decca 4705162 cd2 t1-4.

    music for strings, percussion and celeste"

  • emi cdc754871-2 t4

    loafers' song; wandering; girls' teasing song

  • georg solti (conductor)
  • gyor girls' choir
  • gyorgy pauk, kazuka sawa (violins)
  • hungaroton hcd12448 t13-15

    contrasts (3rd mvt)

  • joseph szigeti (violin)
  • miklos szabo (conductor)
  • naxos 8550868 t42

    piano concerto no 2 (1st mvt)

  • peter donohoe

  • 05 LAST20090220Donald Macleod introduces music from Bartok's final years after his emigration to America.

    Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Bela Bartok, introducing music from the final years of his life following his emigration to America.

    Including the work which was described by Koussevitsky as 'the best orchestral piece of the last 25 years', plus a selection of pieces from Mikrokosmos and the final movement of the original version of his sonata for two pianos and percussion.

    Mikrokosmos (No 142)

  • andras schiff, bruno canino (pianos)
  • decca 4438942 t16

    concerto for orchestra

  • esa-pekka salonen (conductor)
  • jeno jando (piano)
  • los angeles philharmonic
  • naxos 85578212 cd2 t42

    mikrokosmos (nos 142, 149 and 151)

  • naxos 85578212 cd2 t46, 53 and 55

    sonata for two pianos and percussion (final mvt)

  • sony classical sk62598 t6-8.

    Donald Macleod introduces music from bartok's final years after his emigration to america

  • zoltan racz, zoltan vaczi (percussion)

  • 01A Small And Sickly Child20150126
    02First Loves2015012720170821Donald Macleod focuses on the years leading up to World War I.

    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.

    03World War I And Withdrawal2015012820170822Exploring Bartok's crisis of confidence and the chance encounter that revitalised him.

    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 a troubled period in Bartok's life. As World War I took hold in Europe, the composer was suffering from a crisis of confidence. He withdrew from Hungarian musical society, writing little new music. However, a chance encounter with a young girl revitalised him, leading to works such as the 2nd String Quartet, the Wooden Prince and the Miraculous Mandarin.

    Roman Nepi Tancok (Romanian Folk Dances) BB 76
    Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
    Zoltan Kocsis (conductor)

    Op. 15 songs; No. 2: Summer, No. 5: In the Valley
    Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano)
    Ilona Prunyi (piano)

    The Wooden Prince; The Princess Dances with the Wooden Prince
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Marin Alsop (conductor)

    String Quartet No. 2; 2nd movement: Allegro Molto Capriccioso
    Quatuor Ebene

    Miraculous Mandarin Suite
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

    8 Improvisations on a Hungarian Theme; Theme
    Bela Bartok (piano).

    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 a troubled period in Bartok's life. As World War I took hold in Europe, the composer was suffering from a crisis of confidence. He withdrew from Hungarian musical society, writing little new music. However, a chance encounter with a young girl revitalised him, leading to works such as the 2nd String Quartet, the Wooden Prince and the Miraculous Mandarin.

    Exploring Bartok's crisis of confidence and the chance encounter that revitalised him.

    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 a troubled period in Bartok's life. As World War I took hold in Europe, the composer was suffering from a crisis of confidence. He withdrew from Hungarian musical society, writing little new music. However, a chance encounter with a young girl revitalised him, leading to works such as the 2nd String Quartet, the Wooden Prince and the Miraculous Mandarin.

    04Rediscovering The Piano2015012920170823Donald Macleod focuses on Bartok's re-emergence as a composer and pianist after WWI.

    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).

    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.

    Donald Macleod focuses on Bartok's re-emergence as a composer and pianist after WWI.

    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.

    05Slide Into War And Exile20150130Donald Macleod explores the life and career of composer Bela Bartok (1881-1945), one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century. As Europe slipped into World War II, Bartok wrote to a friend of how he felt the whole world was drifting into evil, restlessness and terror...and of the need to go far from the vicinity of what he called the ""pestilence-ridden lands. Today's programme explores Bartok life as a Hungarian émigré in America and his final years away from the land he'd once loved.

    Donald Macleod explores Bartok's final years and his move to America during World War II.

    05 LASTSlide Into War And Exile2015013020170824Donald Macleod explores Bartok's final years and his move to America during World War II.

    Donald Macleod explores the life and career of composer Bela Bartok (1881-1945), one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century. As Europe slipped into World War II, Bartok wrote to a friend of how he felt the whole world was drifting into evil, restlessness and terror...and of the need to go far from the vicinity of what he called the "pestilence-ridden lands. Today's programme explores Bartok life as a Hungarian émigré in America and his final years away from the land he'd once loved.

    String Quartet 6; 3rd movement
    Vertavo String Quartet

    Ten Hungarian Folksongs: BB42; No. 1: Elindultam szep hazambul (I left my fair homeland)
    Stefan Margita (tenor)
    Katerina Englichova (harp)

    Mikrokosmos;
    Vol I: No. 16: Andante Rubato
    Vol II: No. 37: In Lydian Mode: Allegretto
    Vol III: No.86: Two major Pentachords
    Vol IV: No. 100: In the style of a folksong
    Vol V: No. 135: Perpetuum Mobile
    Vol VI: No. 147: March
    No. 142: From the Diary of a Fly (1'30)
    No. 152: Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm [5] 57"
    No. 146: Ostinato 2'10
    Dezso Ranki (piano)

    Concerto for Orchestra; 3rd, 4th and 5th movements
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

    Piano Concerto No. 3; 3rd movement
    Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
    Martha Argerich (piano)
    Alexander Vedernikov (conductor).

    Donald Macleod explores the life and career of composer Bela Bartok (1881-1945), one of the most influential composers of the 20th Century. As Europe slipped into World War II, Bartok wrote to a friend of how he felt the whole world was drifting into evil, restlessness and terror...and of the need to go far from the vicinity of what he called the ""pestilence-ridden lands. Today's programme explores Bartok life as a Hungarian émigré in America and his final years away from the land he'd once loved.