- Audio CD (Jun 14 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Hannibal
- ASIN: B00000JZ15
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
|1. Dunántúli Friss Csárdások (transdanubian Fast Csárdás)|
|2. Jocul Barbatesc (jocul Barbatesc)|
|3. Bartók Béla: 32. Hegedüduó Máramarosi Tánc (béla Bartók: Violin Duo No.32 Dance Of Maramaros)|
|4. Máramarosi Táncok (maramaros Dances)|
|5. Porondos Víz Martján(on The River Bank)|
|6. Kanásztáncok Két Hegedün(swinheards' Dance)|
|7. Dunántúli Ugrósok (transdanubian Ugrós)|
|8. Pásztornóták Hosszúfurulyán (sheperd's Flute Song)|
|9. Forgácskúti Legényes (forgácskúti Lads' Dance)|
|10. Pejparipám Rézpatkója (my Horses's Shoe)|
|11. Bartók Béla: 28. Hegedüduó Bánkódás (béla Bartók: Violin Duo No. 28 Sorrow)|
|12. Bonchidai Lassú Magyar (slow Lads' Dance From Bonchida)|
|13. Magyarbecei Öreges Csárdások (music Of Magyarbece)|
|14. Pe Loc (pe Loc)|
|15. Botos Tánc (bota Dance)|
|16. Torontáli Táncok (dances Of Torontál)|
|17. Ardeleana (ardeleana)|
|18. Bartók Béla: 44.hegedüduó Erdélyi Tánc (béla Bartók:violin Duo No. 44 Transylvanian Dance)|
|19. Füzesi Ritka Magyar (lads' Dance From Fuzes)|
|20. A Temető Kapu (the Churchyard Gate)|
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A sort of concept album, Muzsikas and Marta Sebestyen perform some serious musical detective work in The Bartok Album, juxtaposing original phonograph field recordings from a century ago by Bartok himself alongside excerpts from his works which clearly reflect these folkloric influences. Finally, we are treated with Muzsikas' own renditions of these classic folk pieces, executed with the perfect mix of flawless technique and earthy exuberance, not to mention the magnificent haunting vocals of Sebestyen.
Particularly intriguing are the swineherd and shepherd songs, among the most ancient styles in the Carpathian Basin. The long flute on the Shepherd's Flute Song, beautifully played by Zoltan Juhasz, has an ethereal otherworldly quality and contrasts most favourably with the spirited ugros dances that precede it. The carefully chosen clips from Bartok's musical archives clearly show the link between his field recordings and subsequent compositions, such that the listener gets an idea of just how influential folkloric elements were in Bartok's work. Fascinating for anyone with even a casual interest in Bartok, ethnomusicology, or the unique musical styles found in Transdanubia and Transylvania, or just for anyone who needs a frenetic folk-dancing workout.
All in all, an absolutely top-notch album in every sense of the word, and highly recommended to any fan of great music!
I've seen other reviewers express disappointment that the ensemble didn't perform/arrange the work in the fashion Bartok himself would have, ie, classical mode, but that would have diluted the whole point: the people who performed the songs for the Bartok's microphone (clips of the original field recordings Bartok made are presented inbetween the modern renditions) didn't make music for upper-crust performance halls and Sony Classical, they played it in the intimacy of their everyday lives and communities. By presenting the songs in this context, the album reminds us of a time and place when popular music had real communal value not measured in units sold.