Bartok & Kodaly

Bartok & Kodaly

Bartok & Kodaly
BKD 234
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    Sir Charles Mackerras and the SCO offer fresh, authentic and perceptive interpretations of works by Bartók and Kodály.

    Both Bartók works represented here would figure in any round-up of 20th century masterpieces; intensely expressive and colourful they feature the folk-dance rhythms the composer favoured. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste is Bartók's tour de force; this is Sir Charles Mackerras' first recording of this colourful and spectacular work.

    The Divertimento is a work of contrasts: its two bright, joyful outer structures enclose a sombre ‘Adagio'. 

    Kodály shared Bartók's fascination with folk music and his Dances of Galánta is a symphonic poem distinguished by brilliant orchestration and cast in rondo form, taking its material from 18th-century verbunkos (Hungarian dance) music.