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Bartók' Sonata for
Two Pianos and Percussion -
welcomed by
PATRIC STANDFORD

'The video reveals Solti's benign authority ...'

Sir Georg Solti and Murray Perahia - Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. © 2009 Digital Classics

Bartók completed his six books of educational explorations, Mikrokosmos, in 1937 and was already planning a larger work to crown that achievement and adding percussion to enhance the particular qualities of the piano that interested him. Writing in a letter to Fritz Reiner later, he said:

Slowly the conviction grew in me that one piano and the often sharp tones of the percussion were not in balance. Thus I altered my original idea and placed two pianos together with the percussion....

Copyright © 13 January 2010 Patric Standford,
Wakefield UK

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DVD INFORMATION: BARTÓK SONATA FOR 2 PIANOS & PERCUSSION

BELA BARTOK

GEORG SOLTI

MURRAY PERAHIA

PIANO

PERCUSSION

UNITED KINGDOM

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