Classical CD B.Bartok Bagatelles, Etudes

Béla Bartók: 14 Bagatelles, 3 Etudes
Jerome Lowenthal, Piano  (PPR224515)
Béla Bartók: 14 Bagatelles, 3 Etudes
Béla Bartók (1881-1945):

14 Bagatelles, Op.6
Molto sostenuto
Allegro giocoso
Andante, Grave (Hungarian folk song)
Vivo (slovak folk song),
Allegretto mlto capriccioso
Andante sostenuto
Allegretto grazioso, Allgro
Allegretto molto rubato,
Lento funebre ("She is dead...")
Waltz ("My dancing sweetheart...")

Out of Doors
With Drums and Pipes, Barcarolla, Musettes, Night's Music, The Chase
From "Mikrokosmos" Volume 6
No. 140 Free Variations
NO. 141 Subject and Reflection
No. 148 Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (1)
No. 149 Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (2)
No. 150 Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (3)
No. 151 Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (4)
No. 152 Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (5)
No. 153 Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (6)

Etudes, Op.18
Allegro molto, Andante sostenuto, Rubato-Tempo giusto

In the closing years of the 20th Century, Béla Bartók still reigns as the most important 20th Century composer for ht piano since Debussy.  He enjoyed an active career as a concert pianist himself, and for many years earned his living as a keyboard professor.,  When he died in 1945 in new York, he left behind one of the great modern legacies to the solo repertoire—piano music which spans everything from elementary teaching pieces to the most demanding concert works.,

Bartók’s personal contact with folk music determined the direction his own highly original style would take.,  He began researching ethnic music seriously at age twenty-four,  With care and passion, he roamed the remote hills and valleys of Hungary and neighboring countries in the yearly years of this century, collecting folk songs and fiddles tunes with a primitive wax cylinder recording device, and sketchpad.  In the process, he become of history’s first field musicologists and the foremost authority on peasant folk music of Central and Eastern Europe during his lifetime.  His own musical vocabulary grew out of this indigenous music, whose colorful harmonies and rhythms left an indelible mark on this creations.  
From Original Liner Notes by Kathy Hinkel


Jerome Lowenthal has distinguished himself as an artist of rare musical vision and integrity.  His wide-ranging presence in a career spanning more than three decades has made him an important figure on the international music scene.

Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Lowenthal made his debut at the age of 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He studied with three legendary figures: William Kapell,  Edward Steuermann, and at The Ecole Normale de Musique on a  Fulbright Grant with Alfred Cortot.  

Jerome Lowenthal has appeared with virtually every major orchestra in the United States. He has performed with some of the most distinguished conductors of our time including Barenboim, Bernstein, Dorati, Giulini, Mehta, Monteux, Ormandy, Ozawa, Steinberg, Stokowski and Tennstedt.

Mr. Lowenthal’s voluminous repertoire includes 59 performed concerti.  He is a regular participant in the festivals of Sitka, Alaska, the Reizend Muziekgezelschap in Holland, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.   Jerome Lowenthal is a faculty member of The Juilliard School and resides in New York.


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