Lucid and Commanding
Bartók piano music -
'American pianist Terry Eder despatches this difficult repertoire with great rhythmic vitality and expressive exuberance ...'
Without doubt Béla Bartók (1881-1945) is Hungary's greatest composer of the twentieth century. Zoltán Kodály, true, runs him close; and though both were instrumental into putting Hungarian folk music on the map, Bartók's uncompromising and often daring language must be regarded as the true trailblazer of the Magyars' musical heritage.
The selection of piano music on this disc illustrates the composer's brilliant use of folk melody and its integration into highly original and innovative works for the keyboard.
In 14 Bagatelles (1908, revised 1945) Bartók rejected the style of Liszt and Strauss in favour of a wholly austere sound world stripped of all unessential decorative elements and using only the most restricted technical means...
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