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  1. Blog
    Bartók's 5th quartet was composed in 1934 under the patronage of the wealthy American Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. It's a work less dissonant and spiky than the 3rd or 4th quartets, to me. The 1st movement has strong rhythmic motifs and abrasive melodic motifs in juxtaposition. The melodic music...
  2. Blog
    Here's a superb live performance from the Quatuor Ebene I finally got round to listening to Casals and Keller and whilst both are impressive they didn't make an impact on my very top picks for this quartet which are........... Must hear Hungarian Vegh (both 50s and 70s recordings)...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    Found some Bartok piano voicing that translate over to the guitar from exploring his Piano sonata. Hope you enjoy! If you're also interested, I've done chord videos on Ravel, Messiaen, Ives, Schoenberg and Scriabin
  4. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    I was bored and watched some excerpts of Solti's DVD for Bluebeard's Castle. It's an one-act opera composed by Béla Bartók and written in Hungarian by Béla Balázs. In the discography of this 20th century opera we find three versions. The original in Hungarian, and two translations in English and...
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    I would like to begin exploring the music of Bela Bartok. I have purchased a subscription for the Digital Concert Hall and also own some CD's of his music, as follows. 1) Concerto for Orchestra, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and Hungarian Sketches (Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz...
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    Do you adore Bartok? Tell us why.
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    I've heard a few snippets of Bartok and been quite taken: I'd like to explore further. Could anyone recommend me either a beginner-friendly piece or two (and favourite versions), or a good affordable introductory box set? Köszönöm!
  8. Solved Cases (archive)
    Hi there. I'm looking for this piece from a clip from University Challenge, at 17:18: As Paxman says, it's by Bartok. The piece just before that is also Hungarian, but by a different composer(it's the Merry Widow Overture by Lehar). I can't find it, and Shazam is no help- it keeps referring...
  9. Keyboard Instruments
    At 2:50, Bartók plays a repeat of the Buciumeana (which starts at 2:10). It seems he is doing more than just playing it louder though. I was wondering if anyone could say or conjecture how exactly he changed it during the repeat, as it is not mentioned in the score on IMSLP.
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    Seem there sonic universe are similar in term of power and atmosphere correct me if i am wrong Bartók had the miraculeous mandarin suite and Stravinsky had spring rites, meaning there ballet Kick *** .Than the music is different but the ambience is similar whit other work if you compared em...
  11. Blog
    Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta James Levine, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (DG) If I told you blind that I'd chosen Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra and the Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta as performed by the Chicago SO, I think most people...
  12. Classical Music Discussion
    Well Happy New Year and here goes with the next 2 composers Bela Bartok and Francisco Lopez Please post what you like or dislike about these composers, favourite works and recordings. What's their place in the history and development of music. Are these guys journeymen or major figures in...
  13. Classical Music Discussion
    I am huge on visual arts and so album covers mean a lot to me. I look for innovation on the design for album covers. After all the talk about sexy or worst or boring album covers, I figure it would be awesome to share album covers that appeal to your eye. So I will go first... Bartok String...
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