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Bartok Paino Works

Bartok: Piano Works

The Classical Shop
release date: October 1999

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 1999

Artists:

Geoffrey Tozer

piano

Venue:

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Rachel Smith

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 72:32
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Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz 71 (1914-18)

12:33  
  Four Old Sorrowful Songs  
1 1 Rubato 1:00
2 2 Andante 1:55
3 3 Poco rubato 0:37
4 4 Andante 0:34
5 5 Scherzo: Allegro 0:52
6 6 Ballade: Andante 2:25
  Nine Old Dance Tunes  
7 7 Allegro 0:42
8 8 Allegretto 0:23
9 9 Allegretto 0:12
10 10 L'istesso tempo 0:25
11 11 Assai moderato 0:40
12 12 Allegretto 0:24
13 13 Poco più vivo 0:27
14 14 Allegro 0:28
15 15 Allegro 1:22
   
 

Nine Little Pieces, Sz 82 (1926)

15:20  
  Four Dialogues  
16 1 Moderato 1:35
17 2 Andante 1:35
18 3 Lento 1:41
19 4 Allegro vivace 1:07
20 II 5 Menuetto 1:42
21 6 Air 0:55
22 7 Marcia delle bestie 1:48
23 8 Tambourine 1:05
24 III 9 Preludio - 1:47
25 All ungherese 2:00
   
 

Out of Doors, Sz 81 (1926)

13:58  
26 I With Drums and Pipes 1:38
27 II Barcarolle 2:29
28 III Musette 2:54
29 IV The Night's Music 4:36
30 V The Chase 2:10
   
 

Sonata, Sz 80 (1926)

12:28  
31 I Allegro moderato 4:13
32 II Sostenuto e pesante 4:31
33 III Allegro molto 3:37
   
 

Sonatina, Sz 55 (1915)

3:31  
34 I Bagpipers 1:21
35 II Bear Dance 0:34
36 III Finale 1:36
   
 

Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz 57 (1915)

10:56  
  Series I  
37 1 Allegro 0:31
38 2 Allegro 0:14
39 3 Allegro 0:37
40 4 Andante 0:29
41 5 Allegro moderato 0:28
42 6 Andante 0:33
43 7 Andante 0:37
44 8 Allegretto 0:35
45 9 Allegro 0:17
46 10 Piú allegro 0:18
   
  Series II  
47 1 Molto moderato 0:46
48 2 Moderato 0:21
49 3 Andante 0:36
50 4 Andante 0:33
51 5 Moderato 0:36
52 6 Andante 0:48
53 7 Variante della precedente 0:46
54 8 Allegro 0:44
55 9 Allegretto 0:24
56 10 Allegro 0:38
   
 

Romanian Folk Dances, Sz 56 (1915)

4:22  
57 1 Bot-tánc 1:02
  Stick Dance  
58 2 Brâul 0:28
59 3 Topogó 0:45
  The Stomper  
60 4 Bucsumi tánc 0:40
  Bucsumi Dance  
61 5 Román polka 0:27
  Romanian Polka  
62 6 Aprózó 0:59
  Quick Dance  
Geoffrey Tozer performs an interesting selection of Bartók’s popular piano music.

Award-winning pianist Geoffrey Tozer has made amyn acclaimed recordings with Chandos. His Medtner Piano Sonatas (CHAN 9723) are of particular note, as are his Schnabel disc (CHAN 9673) and Gerhard harpsichord Concerto (CHAN 9693).



Three of Bartók’s works- the Sonata, Out of Doors and Nine Little Pieces – come from a year of rediscovery of the piano – 1926. The Sonata is a work of remarkable motivic and rhythmical unity. In the first movement, the basic idea is of an interval on a minor third divided into two seconds. The harsh harmony is matched by driving rhythm. Bartók played the Sonata in Budapest in 1926 in a concert that also included the first and last movements of Out of Doors and all but one of the Nine Little Pieces. This last group is a scrapbook of the period divided into three miniature volumes which comprise a set of four two-part essays, a small-scale suite with interpretations of eitghteenth-century dances and, by itself, the Preludio – all ungherese.

Out of Doors is a set of character pieces of the sort Bartók had written in his twenties but takes into account recent developments in his style. Indeed, the first piece, ‘With Drums and Pipes’, is close to the first movement of the Sonata, and the last, ‘The Chase’, is the extreme instance of his obsession with repetition during this period.

The other works here are from a time of previous absorption with the piano, during World War I. He was unable to visit Romania which was his source of folksongs, and so travelled inside his head, classifying the material he had gathered before the war and arranging some pieces for concert performance. Each set that resulted was not just a collection but a work. The Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs (1914-1918) almost constitute a sonata, the melodies are all from folksongs, but Bartók’s variations, harmonisations and textural complementation go beyond the score of mere arrangement.

In the Romanian pieces of 1915 – which include the Sonatina as well as the Folk Dances and the Christmas Carols – he set his material more simply, placing each folk tune in an apt and slender context that could be varied for one or two repeats to create a small strophic form.



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