Composer: Béla Bartók, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Yusupov
Performer: Marija Bokor
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Size: 0.98 GB
Bartók: Two Elegies, Op. 8b, SZ.41
01. I. Grave
02. II. Molto adagio, sempre rubato
Bartók: Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20, Sz. 74
03. I. Molto moderato
04. II. Molto capriccioso
05. III. Lento, rubato
06. IV. Allegretto scherzando
07. V. Allegro molto
08. VI. Allegro moderato, molto capriccioso
09. VII. Sostenuto, rubato
10. VIII. Allegro
Vaughan Williams: The Charterhouse Suite – Six Short Pieces for Piano
11. I. Prelude. Molto moderato
12. II. Slow Dance. Andante grazioso
13. III. Quick Dance. Allegro molto
14. IV. Slow Air. Lento
15. V. Rondo. Andante con moto
16. VI. Pezzo ostinato. Allegretto
17. Yusupov: Subconscious Labyrinths
18. Yusupov: Metaphor
19. Yusupov: Melancholy
20. Yusupov: Crossroads No. 2
An exceptional piano recital recently recorded by Swiss pianist Marija Bokor.
Béla Bartók’s 8 Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs was completed in 1920. After the 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, the Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs are the second work by Bartók to bear those peasant songs in its title. Bartók himself later described the way in which folk melodies are confronted with refined avant-garde sounds as an “extreme limit”. In terms of motives, too, he breaks up the song structures so radically that the title “Improvisations” best describes his approach to folk music.
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ six piano pieces from the Charterhouse Suite are a sequence of charming and delightful English-style dances. The music harks back to the composer’s school days at England’s elite Charterhouse School. The score is colorful and light-hearted, and one wonders why these pieces have not long since found their way into the standard repertoire of pianists.
Benjamin Yusupov’s compositions are based on both Western and Eastern musical traditions, drawing especially on musical traditions of various Jewish ethnic communities with the goal of creating a new style of Israeli music. Marija Bokor has selected the following works for her recital: Subconscious Labyrinths, Metaphor, Melancholy and Crossroads No. 2. Exciting music worth discovering!