This is the third in the slowly-emerging series of what appears to be all of Bartók's piano music - solo, chamber, concerted - with Jeno Jandó as the pianist. I was modestly pleased with his concerto recording, more so with the chamber music recording that featured the early Quintet and the special piano/violin 'Rhapsodies' featuring the wonderful György Pauk, violin. I didn't get the Vol. 1 of the solo music, but do like the Vol. 2 that includes the Roumanian Folk Dances (the first Bartók I ever played myself more than fifty years ago!). That issue was OK but doesn't come close to those of Zoltán Kocsis or András Schiff.
This CD contains lesser known music except for the 'Out of Doors' Suite and the 'Allegro Barbaro.' The Suite, I must say, seems a bit underpowered, restrained. It seems too civilized, especially in 'With Drums and Pipes.' 'Night Music,' though, is very atmospheric and 'The Chase' builds up a real head of steam. Still, I prefer the extroversion of Kocsis and Steven Kovacevich.
As for the rest of the disc, much of it is taken up with fairly minor stuff, some of it written for children to play including the 'Ten Easy Pieces' of which (on Pearl) there is an endearing old recording of Bartók himself playing two of the pieces.
The one standout in this issue is the 'Allegro Barbaro' which really sizzles. And then there are the 'Three Burlesques,' Op. 8c, Sz. 47, which I don't remember hearing before (although I see it is included in the Kocsis complete set which I don't own). I think they're wonderful! The first, 'Quarrel,' depicts two lovers (?) quarreling, making up, quarreling again. 'A Little Tipsy' is just that; there are hilarious little crushed arpeggios that reel and sway, really capturing the unsteady progress of a drunk trying to make his way along the path. The final piece of the set is simply marked 'molto vivo, capriccioso' and is a humorous finish to the disc. Jandó does all three proud.
All in all, I don't think I can recommend this CD unless one is on a tight budget and really needs to hear one or the other of the mentioned well-played pieces here. Otherwise, look elsewhere.