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  • Performer: Jeno Jando
  • Composer: Bartok Bela
  • Audio CD (Aug. 29 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Ncl
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. No.1: Six Unison Melodies
2. No.2: Six Unison Melodies
3. No.3: Six Unison Melodies
4. No.4: Six Unison Melodies
5. No.5: Six Unison Melodies
6. No.6: Six Unison Melodies
7. No.7: Dotted Notes
8. No.8: Repetition
9. No.9: Syncopation
10. No.10: With Alternate Hands
See all 96 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. No.97: Notturno
2. No.98: Thumbs Under
3. No.99: Hands Crossing
4. No.100: In Folk Song Style
5. No.101: Diminished Fifth
6. No.102: Harmonics
7. No.103: Minor And major
8. No.104: Wandering Through The Keys
9. No.105: Game
10. No.106: Children's Song
See all 57 tracks on this disc

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The 153 piano pieces of B'la Bart'k's Mikrokosmos are a milestone in piano literature. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from musical terms and technical procedures to indications of regional provenance and folk derivation, they are arranged in order of

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By Gary Fuhrman TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 25 2009
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Mikrokosmos was intended mainly as a progressive course in 20th-century piano technique, starting with very simple pieces, but including some of Bartok's greatest music for the instrument in the latter books. Jando plays it all so beautifully that this is an exceptional bargain, even for Naxos, even though you might not want to listen to the first disc from the beginning more than once. (I do sometimes play the whole disc on random, though, and it works very nicely that way.) Naxos also offers a fine single-disc selection of Bartok's piano music, including perhaps 1/4 of Mikrokosmos, played by Balazs Szokolay (who also appears here on the 2-piano pieces); but why choose between them when you can have both? Bartok's distinctive genius never grows old, and the essence of it can be heard in this complete set.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5828234) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0xb73846f0) out of 5 stars One fantastic work.One fantastic pianist June 28 2007
By Osvaldo Colarusso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mikrokosmos is really one fantastic didactic work . Bartók wrote one method very interesting because the student has one contact with the innovations of the musical language that was transformed at the beginning of the twentieth century . We have modal melodies , changing of bars , polytonality , etc. Normally the musical education forgets all this things. With Mikrokosmos we have this fantastic opportunity to make one "modernization" of piano and music for beginners .Bartók was one of the most important composers of the first half of his century. But he was too one very important teacher. The value of the music of Mikrokosmos is very high , even in the most simple parts of the work.
If I love Bartók as composer I must say that Jeno Jandó , one of the most important pianists in the world, respected what was written in accents, andamenti, articulation and expression. I listened the 6 books with the score. And I must say that Jandó made a very important and beautiful work. I admire this pianist for his recordings of the "adults" works of Bartók: the Out of Doors Suite , the Suite op. 14 , the Sonata etc. But this time he came really at a level never reached for his predecessors.
MIkrokosmos : one fantastic work played and recorded in a very high level. I'm really very happy after heard this beautiful record. Bravo Naxos. Bravo Jandó. And bravo for the didactic work of this great composer.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5a18870) out of 5 stars Not for Everyone, But Good for What It Is Oct. 5 2006
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A confession: Although I've owned the Dezso Ranki recording of the complete Bartók 'Mikrokosmos', I never listened to the whole thing. Mikrokosmos is a collection of six books of pedagogical piano pieces, 153 in all, that progress in difficulty from Book I to Book VI. Indeed, Books V and VI contain a number of virtuoso pieces that occasionally appear on piano concert programs. But those in Books I and II, and most of them in Books III and IV, are of quite limited interested to the casual listener. Mikrokosmos began as a set of teaching pieces written for Bartók's young son Peter to use in his piano practice. As the writing of the work progressed the pieces got more and more difficult and began getting names like 'And the Bells Clash and Clang...' or 'From the Diary of a Fly' rather than the earlier 'Dotted Notes' and 'Five-Tone Scale.' Even though there have been several recordings of the whole shebang it is hard for me to understand their value for the casual listener. I can understand piano teachers wanting to have the complete works on record, but frankly beyond that rather limited audience it seems reasonable for the listener to perhaps own excerpts from the later books. Indeed, Bartók, himself a virtuoso pianist, did not record the whole set but only some of the virtuosic (and interesting) later pieces. And a number of other pianists, many of them Hungarian like Bartók, have done likewise. Nonetheless, the set has exerted enduring interest for musicologists, partly because of their occasional use of non-Central European scales and melodies and partly because of the technical manner in which Bartók constructed the pieces. Dissertations have been written on those subjects. Bartók himself was prevailed upon by Schirmer, their American publisher, to write his own explication of the pieces.

Jenö Jandó is an excellent pianist, and a Hungarian to boot. He has recorded several earlier volumes of Bartók's more familiar (and frankly more interesting) piano music, and to general acclaim. His playing is rhythmically pointed, crisply articulated and with innate understanding of the eastern European provenance of much of the source music. Given the budget price and the lifelike sound of the recorded piano, as well as the excellence of the playing, Jandó's set is, I believe, the choice of currently available sets. Still, I can give it only four stars because of the limited interest of the earlier books in the set.

Scott Morrison
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa57b4030) out of 5 stars complements the sheet music Oct. 7 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the 6 volumes of mikrokosmos and fhis is a great complement to the sheet music. Perfect for beginners or advanced players. Practice each exercise in mikrokosmos until it sounds like rhe recording and then move to the next exercise.
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HASH(0xa5f226fc) out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14 2014
By Vartan Aghababian - Published on Amazon.com
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Glad to have all six volumes in one recording!