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Classical - Released August 29, 2006 | Naxos

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
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Keyboard Concertos - Released August 8, 1994 | Naxos

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Ballets - Released March 25, 2008 | Naxos

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Classical - Released April 1, 2014 | Naxos

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Classical - Released May 1, 2005 | Naxos

Of all the sets of piano music written specifically for young pianists to play, Bartók's For Children is one of the most frequently recorded by professional pianists, either in full or in part. The pieces in the set are easier to play than the even more frequently recorded Album für die Jungend by Schumann, but what appeals to pianists of all levels is the incredible variety of moods that is created so economically and charmingly in these. At their basic essence is a folk melody and simple harmony. Jeno Jandó, well-accomplished as he is, does not play these as a professional tossing off a few trifles, nor does he try to make them sound like there are hidden layers of meaning in them that only a mature artist can see. He gives them an air of innocence, and uncomplicated as they are, still manages to make the most of each one's character. He carefully shades them, plays with dynamics and tempo, so that the different moods are felt immediately and effectively, especially in the slower ones. He rarely gives the impression that he is pretending to be a child playing a short song, but there is also a bit of a sense of nostalgia in his performance, and, a couple of times in faster songs, he could use more of a child's enthusiasm. Jandó's based his recording on the last version of the collection that Bartók edited, so there are 79 pieces, and slightly different ones, instead of the original 85. The pieces are grouped two to four to a track to avoid having a long track break every 30 seconds, with an intimacy to the sound that makes the music that much more endearing.
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Chamber Music - Released April 12, 1994 | Naxos

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Classical - Released December 15, 2009 | Naxos

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Classical - Released April 24, 2007 | Naxos

Naxos' A Portrait series does an incredible service to a wide range of listeners, from students and novices to professionals and seasoned connoisseurs. Virtually anyone can gain something from this series. This particular installment focuses on Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, perhaps one of the most influential and ingenious composers of the first half of the twentieth century. While compilations of movements here and segments there can be maddening, Naxos does something rather unique with two discs' worth of fragments from more than a dozen genres of compositions. Rather than a haphazard arrangement, the sequence of tracks follows along with the well-written and informative 81-page booklet included with the discs. These notes not only provide a wonderful timeline of Bartók's life, but describe the evolution of his approach to composition. Each of the tracks is used as a well-chosen musical example to demonstrate what the booklet is discussing. The notes even go so far as to call out exact times within a track when a notable event is taking place, making listening an even more informative experience. All of the excerpts come from Naxos' existing recorded library and feature many of the finest Bartók performers around, including the Vermeer String Quartet, pianist Jeno Jando, violinist Gyorgy Pauk, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop. Anyone even remotely interested in the history of music or simply to learn more about what they're listening to should absolutely purchase this collection and others like it.
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Symphonic Music - Released May 1, 2012 | Naxos

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Opera - Released November 27, 2007 | Naxos

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Classical - Released May 27, 2014 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released January 26, 2010 | Naxos

Booklet Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released May 27, 2014 | Naxos

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Classical - Released January 18, 2004 | Naxos

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Classical - Released January 29, 2013 | Naxos

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Classical - Released May 1, 2005 | Naxos

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Classical - Released January 29, 2013 | Naxos

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Symphonic Music - Released December 31, 1994 | Naxos

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