The repertoire of this record is the principal reason of my interest in this CD . "Out of Doors" is one of the most important piano works of the 20th century. In my opinion these five pieces are the most important piano work of Bela Bartók. They were written at Bartok's creative peak( 1926) .Specially the fourth, The Night's Music, is a remarkable achievement . Over a non tonal cluster we have echoes of folk rhythms and melodies . The title of this music gave the "label" of some of the most characteristic works of Bartók, specially his slow movements like these from the Music for Strings Celesta and Harp, The Fourth and Fifth String Quartet , etc.
The inspired Four Dirges opus 9a and the interesting Three Burlesques opus 8c are works from the first important creative period of the author. Pity that they are so seldom played . Specially the Dirges : here we have a very expressive and original studies of resonances and sonorities. It is interesting to remain that the second Dirge and the second Burlesque ( Slightly Tipsy) would be orchestrated (together with other easy piano works) by the author in a Suite called Hungarian Sketches .
The Allegro Barbaro , from the same period ( 1911) is the only well know work of the record. The other three works, the Romanian Dances, the Ten Easy Pieces and the Hungarian Folktunes are specially rare in records.
There exists very good recordings of these works, specially those by Zoltan Kocsis and Gyorgy Sandor . But the Hungarian pianist Jeno Jandó is no less interesting than his predecessors . His approach of the most important work of the CD, the Suite Out of Doors, is remarkable. The sonorities he obtains in all five pieces, even in the more percussive , are rich and beautiful . I never heard "The Night Music" so well played.
I recommend this record not only because of the repertoire's high interest, but also for the splendid art of this intelligent pianist.