June de Toth

Bartok: Solo Piano Works, Vol. 2

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June de Toth's second volume of Bartók's piano music covers the period 1908-1916, a time marked by innovations and upheavals both in world events and in Bartók's musical thinking. Although Bartók's language is still recognizably tonal and for the most part triadic, signs of modernism appear in the Suite, Op. 14, a sardonic and ominous work that reflects the uncertainties and anguish of World War I. Spiky dissonances and unstable key changes create an unsettled mood through the first three movements, and the lugubrious fourth does little to dispel the mood. The 42 Hungarian folk songs in the collection For Children are short pieces based on material gathered by Bartók on his musicological forays into the countryside. Unadorned and innocent, these pieces anticipate the later Mikrokosmos in their aphoristic brevity and focus on a single idea. The Three Burlesques, Op. 8c, share the biting language of the Suite, but with more emphasis on folly than on tragedy. "A Bit Tipsy" was later orchestrated by Bartók for his Hungarian Sketches. De Toth's playing throughout is clean and precise, with a dryness that is most effective in the Burlesques. However, the somewhat muted sound of the recording is a drawback, requiring the listener to adjust volume to compensate.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Suite for piano, Sz. 62, BB 70 (Op. 14)
1 02:06 Amazon
2 02:03 Amazon
3 02:27 Amazon
4 03:43 Amazon
For Children (Gyermekeknek), for piano Vol. 1, Sz. 42/1-21, BB 56/1-21
5 00:28 Amazon
6 00:47 Amazon
7 00:49 Amazon
8 00:49 Amazon
9 00:56 Amazon
10 00:43 Amazon
11 00:41 Amazon
12 01:26 Amazon
13 01:16 Amazon
14 00:31 Amazon
15 01:14 Amazon
16 01:18 Amazon
17 01:03 Amazon
18 00:32 Amazon
19 00:31 Amazon
20 00:51 Amazon
21 01:24 Amazon
22 00:48 Amazon
23 00:40 Amazon
24 00:35 Amazon
25 00:51 Amazon
For Children (Gyermekeknek), for piano Vol. 2, Sz. 42/2/22-42, BB 53/22-42
26 00:55 Amazon
27 00:54 Amazon
28 01:13 Amazon
29 00:48 Amazon
30 01:21 Amazon
31 01:00 Amazon
32 00:55 Amazon
33 00:38 Amazon
34 02:04 Amazon
35 00:56 Amazon
36 00:40 Amazon
37 02:04 Amazon
38 01:40 Amazon
39 00:56 Amazon
40 00:49 Amazon
41 00:30 Amazon
42 00:38 Amazon
43 00:41 Amazon
44 01:07 Amazon
45 01:51 Amazon
46 02:13 Amazon
Burlesques (3) for piano, Sz. 47, BB 55 (Op. 8c)
47 02:38 Amazon
48 02:30 Amazon
49 03:03 Amazon
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