Playlist for 26th June 2011 – Bartok Concertos

Written by on June 25, 2011

 Béla Bartók  was probably the greatest Hungarian composer, and was one of the most significant musicians and ethno musicologists of the twentieth century. Along with his friend and fellow composer Zoltán Kodály, he collected and transcribed an enormous amount of folk music, He synthesised the themes, modes, and rhythmic patterns of this music, along with influences from his contemporaries, into his own distinctive style.  He composed across a wide range of musical genres, including one of the greatest 20th Century cycles of string quartets, a huge amount of piano music and also some of the finest concerto music that I’m  going to focus on for this week’s show, in performances which are all conducted by the French composer Pierre Boulez, who has been one of Bartok’s prominent advocates in the concert hall and in recordings.                                 


Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Sz.83 (1926) – 1. Allegro moderato – Allegro

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra no.2 Sz112 – 1st Mvmt  – Allegro non troppo

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta 3rd Movement

Concerto for two pianos, Percussion and Orchestra – 3rd Movement –  Allegro Ma Non Troppo

Concerto for Orchestra. 2nd Movement. Giuoco Delle Coppie – Allegretto Scherzando

Piano Concerto No. 3  – 2nd Mvmt. Adagio religioso

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