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Classical - Released August 29, 2006 | Naxos

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
Some piano music is meant to be listened to, some piano music is meant to be played, and some piano music is meant to be listened to and played. Beethoven's piano sonatas are meant to be listened to -- and, for a few very talented pianists, to be played. Bach's Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach is meant to be played -- and, by piano teachers and kindhearted listeners, to be listened to. Brahms' late Klavierstücke are meant to be played and listened to -- provided the amateur pianist is good enough and his or her friends are indulgent enough. Bartók's Mikrokosmos are meant to be played -- and, every once and a while, to be listened to. They are, after all, the quintessential pedagogic pieces: 122 works arranged in order of difficulty over six books meant to engage, entertain, enlighten, and ultimately educate the budding pianist -- and no more meant to be listened to from end to end than Clementi's Gradus ad Parnassum. That doesn't mean there aren't beautiful and beguiling pieces inside the Mikrokosmos, there assuredly are, but it does mean that sitting down to listen straight through to 147 minutes and 37 seconds of Mikrokosmos is more than most people should be asked to do. That said, Jenö Jandó 2005 recording of Mikrokosmos is eminently listenable. Jandó is the Hungarian pianist and Naxos recording artist who has recorded vast swathes of the standard piano repertoire, but his heart remains in his home country of Bartóksylvania and his performances here are wholly idiomatic and totally sympathetic. Naturally, Jandó can play the notes -- anyone who can play Beethoven's piano sonatas can play Bartók's Mikrokosmos -- what is truly impressive is that he can find the music in the notes and express the art in the exercises. Although the argument could be made that the best way to listen to Mikrokosmos is to play Mikrokosmos, for those looking only to listen, Jandó's two-disc set is the inexpensive way to go. Naxos' sound is deep, but it could be clearer. © TiVo
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Classical - Released June 24, 2014 | Naxos Digital Compilations

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Classical - Released April 7, 2017 | Unclassified

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Classical - Released January 10, 2020 | Naxos

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Classical - Released December 7, 2018 | Naxos

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The Hungarian pianist Jeno Jando has issued performances of a great many pieces by Haydn, and the temptation is strong to pass by this collection of works that are obscure and, in several cases, cranked out at parties at Esterhaza castle. This would be a mistake, for there are real finds here. Among them is the opening Fantasia in C major, Hob. 17/4, which offers a splendid example of Haydn's attempts to exploit the sound of the new fortepiano, and has some striking uses of third relationships as well (sample and note the points at which the main theme returns in this sonata-like piece). Jando uses a modern piano, but he carefully distinguishes between the works from late in Haydn's career, where he creates a percussive, fortepiano-like effect, and the Five Variations in D major, Hob. 17/7, from very early in Haydn's career, where he emulates the original harpsichord with crisp, clean lines. The two sets of minuets, and the single group of German Dances and the Two Marches, Hob. 8/1-2 of 1795 were all occasional pieces. Jando takes all the minuets at the same tempo, which is justifiable in view of the ubiquitous "tempo di minuetto" marking in music of the time, and it seems possible that the music, arranged from a version for a small ensemble, was actually written for dancers. For the casual listener these may be a bit monotonous, but for the true Haydn lover, they will be seen as deep studies in register, harmony, and melodic shape. This is thus a nice find for good Haydn collections. Naxos' sound from the Phoenix Studio in Budapest is unusually good. © TiVo
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Solo Piano - Released July 31, 1998 | Naxos

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Solo Piano - Released February 11, 2001 | 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. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released October 12, 1999 | Naxos

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Classical - Released October 24, 1990 | Naxos

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Concertos - Released March 12, 1997 | Naxos

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Classical - Released March 3, 1994 | Naxos

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Classical - Released September 14, 2018 | Naxos

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Classical - Released February 2, 1995 | Naxos

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Classical - Released October 1, 2003 | Naxos

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Classical - Released March 10, 1994 | Naxos

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Concertos - Released January 1, 2007 | Naxos

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Symphonic Music - Released May 20, 1997 | Naxos

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Keyboard Concertos - Released February 25, 1992 | Naxos

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