Voices from the Past: Béla Bartók [CD]

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Voices from the Past: Béla Bartók [CD]

Containing both the old and the new, this recording features not only Béla Bartók’s 44 Duos but also all the existing original field recordings made in the early 20th century of the folk music that inspired them. The purpose of this compilation CD is to connect the listener to these original folk melodies. The field recordings appear here—for the first time together on one album—with permission from the varied sources that house them in Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary.

In placing the field recordings and Bartók’s compositions side by side, surprising details are revealed that are otherwise not evident from looking at Bartók’s score alone. Nuances in rhythm, expressive pitch, color, articulation, emphasis, language, and even humor abound. These rich elements have inspired and influenced our musical choices as performers, and they have helped us know the music better. We feel that anyone wishing to play these duos would benefit from access to the same inspiration.

—Claudine Bigelow

You can also get this album on Amazon.com and iTunes or listen on Spotify.


2 CD Set:

- CD 1: The Duos are preceded by Bartók's original field recordings,* which inspired his compositions.

1. Field recording 263 [Duo 1]
2. Duo I: Pàrosító

3. Duo 2: Kalamajkó

4. Field recording 265 [Duo 3]
5. Duo 3: Menuetto

6. Field recording 266 [Duo 4]
7. Duo 4: Szentivánéji

8. Duo 5: Tót Nóta 1

9. Field recording 268 [Duo 6]
10. Duo 6: Magyar Nóta 1

11. Field recording 269 [Duo 7]
12. Oláh Nóta

13. Field recording 270 [Duo 8]
14. Duo 8: Tót Nóta

15. Duo 9: Játék

16. Field recording 272 [Duo 10]
17. Duo 10: Rúten Nóta

18. Field recording 273 [Duo 11]
19. Duo 11: Gyermekrengetéskor

20. Field recording 274 [Duo 12]
21. Duo 12: Szénagyüjtéskor

22. Field recording 275 [Duo 13]
23. Duo 13: Lakodalmas

24. Field recording 276v2 [Duo 14]
25. Duo 14: Párnás Tánc

26. Duo 15: Katonanóta

27. Field recording 278 [Duo 16]
28. Duo 16: Burleszk

29. Duo 17: Menetelő Nóta 1

30. Field recording 280v [Duo 18]
31. Duo 18: Menetelő Nóta 2

32. Field recording 54 [Duo 19]
33. Duo 19: Mese

34. Duo 20: Dal

35. Field recording 283 [Duo 21]
36. Duo 21: Ujevköszöntő 1

37. Field recording 283 [Duo 22]
38. Duo 22: Szunyogtánc

39. Field recording 284 [Duo 23]
40. Duo 23: Menyasszony-búscúztató

41. Field recording 285 [Duo 24]
42. Duo 24: Tréfás Nóta

43. Field recording 286 [Duo 25]
44. Duo 25: Magyar Nóta 2

45. Duo 26: "Ugyan Édes Komamasszony"

46. Field recording 288 [Duo 27]
47. Duo 27: Sánta-Tánc

48. Field recording 289 [Duo 28]
49. Duo 28: Bánkódás

50. Field recording 290 [Duo 29]
51. Duo 29: Ujevköszöntő 2

52. Duo 30: Ujevköszöntő 3

53. Field recording 292 [Duo 31]
54. Duo 31: Ujevköszöntő 4

55. Field recording 293 [Duo 32]
56. Duo 32: Máramarosi Tánc

57. Duo 33: Aratáskor

58. Field recording 295 [Duo 34]
59. Duo 34: Számláló Nóta

60. Duo 35: Rutén Kolomejka

61. Duo 36: Szól A Duda

62. Field recording 29 [Duo 37]
63. Duo 37: Preludium és Kánon

64. Field recording 297 [Duo 38]
65. Duo 38: Forgatós

66. Field recording 298 [Duo 39]
67. Duo 39: Szerb Tánc

68. Field recording 299 [Duo 40]
69. Duo 40: Oláh Tánc

70. Field recording 300 [Duo 41]
71. Duo 41: Scherzo

72. Field recording 301 [Duo 42]
73. Duo 42: Arab Dal

74. Duo 43: Pizzicato

75. Field recording 303 [Duo 44]
76. Duo 44: "Erdélyi" Tánc

- CD 2: The uninterrupted performance of all 44 Duos.

* All existing field recordings (32) are featured together on one CD for the first time.



CREDITS

Producer: Claudine Bigelow

Executive producer: Ben Fales

Recording and mixing: Adam Concert Room, New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington

Recording engineer and editing: Roy Carr

Editing and mastering; Troy Sales

Tantara Records is an enterprise center in the School of Music at Brigham Young University, and part of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

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  • 5
    a deep look into the soul of a composer

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Dec 2013

    This album is the result of a brilliant idea executed by two master musicians. Bartok's original source recordings in their lo-fi glory are presented along side the music they inspired. The fact that the duets are played on violas accentuates the depth of the music and gives us a unique and unprecedented insight into the composer's process. Bravo!