Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

Nationality: Hungarian
Born: March 25, 1881, Nagyszentmiklós, Hungary Died: September 26, 1945, New York City, NY (age 64)

Contrasts, BB 116 Sz. 111 (for violin, clarinet and piano)

(for violin, clarinet and piano)
5:36 I. Verbunkos [Recruiting Dance]. Moderato, ben ritmato
4:38 II. Pihenő [Relaxation/Rest]. Lento
6:53 III. Sebes [Fast Dance]. Allegro vivace
Duration: 18 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1938-1940, On September 24, Budapest (age 56-59)
Premiere: April 20, 1940. Complete 3-movement version. New York, Carnegie Hall. Joseph Szigeti (violin), Benny Goodman (clarinet), Béla Bartók (piano)
Published: 1942 (age 60-61)
Dedication: To Benny Goodman and Joseph Szigeti
7 recordings, 19 videos
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5:30
Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Szenthelyi, Kálmán Berkes
I. Verbunkos [Recruiting Dance]. Moderato, ben ritmato
4:51
Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Szenthelyi, Kálmán Berkes
II. Pihenő [Relaxation/Rest]. Lento
6:44
Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Szenthelyi, Kálmán Berkes
III. Sebes [Fast Dance]. Allegro vivace
5:40
Richard Stoltzman, Richard Goode, Lucy Chapman Stoltzman
I. Verbunkos [Recruiting Dance]. Moderato, ben ritmato
5:04
Richard Stoltzman, Richard Goode, Lucy Chapman Stoltzman
II. Pihenő [Relaxation/Rest]. Lento
7:02
Richard Stoltzman, Richard Goode, Lucy Chapman Stoltzman
III. Sebes [Fast Dance]. Allegro vivace
6:07
Reginald Kell, Melvin Ritter, Joel Rosen
I. Verbunkos [Recruiting Dance]. Moderato, ben ritmato
4:39
Reginald Kell, Melvin Ritter, Joel Rosen
II. Pihenő [Relaxation/Rest]. Lento
6:58
Reginald Kell, Melvin Ritter, Joel Rosen
III. Sebes [Fast Dance]. Allegro vivace
5:12
David Riley, Ricardo Morales, Jasper Wood
I. Verbunkos [Recruiting Dance]. Moderato, ben ritmato
4:09
David Riley, Ricardo Morales, Jasper Wood
II. Pihenő [Relaxation/Rest]. Lento
6:28
David Riley, Ricardo Morales, Jasper Wood
III. Sebes [Fast Dance]. Allegro vivace
5:30
Joseph Szigeti, Benny Goodman, Béla Bartók
I. Verbunkos [Recruiting Dance]. Moderato, ben ritmato
4:35
Joseph Szigeti, Benny Goodman, Béla Bartók
II. Pihenő [Relaxation/Rest]. Lento
6:58
Joseph Szigeti, Benny Goodman, Béla Bartók
III. Sebes [Fast Dance]. Allegro vivace
17:17
Pauk, Jando, Berkes
5:39
Levy, Schmidt, Asuncion
I. Verbunkos [Recruiting Dance]. Moderato, ben ritmato
4:20
Levy, Schmidt, Asuncion
II. Pihenő [Relaxation/Rest]. Lento
7:30
Levy, Schmidt, Asuncion
III. Sebes [Fast Dance]. Allegro vivace
From Kai Christiansen

Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

Contrasts, for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, 1938

Béla BartókBartók's composed Contrasts in response to requests from two important musicians: the Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti and American clarinetist Benny Goodman. Szigeti was a longtime friend and colleague of Bartok's who emigrated to the United States in 1939 to escape the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Goodman, the famous Jewish jazz musician, ultimately commissioned the piece. Szigeti and Goodman made the first studio recording with Bartók at the piano. Contrasts comprises three movements based on Hungarian and Romanian dance melodies and is Bartók's only chamber music including a wind instrument.

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