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Utterly captivating arrangements of music by these masters.

The world knows Bela Bartok as one of the twentieth century's great composers. Fewer people know of the many miniature masterpieces he composed for young musicians, and even fewer realize that he was a brilliant and diligent scholar of Eastern European folk music. Working 50 years before the term was even coined, he is now considered one of the first great ethnomusicologists, in addition to his formidable compositional achievements. In 1905, shortly after his first contacts with the "pure" music of Hungarian peasants, Bartok met Zoltan Kodaly, a fellow Hungarian composer one year his junior, who was also deeply interested in authentic folk music. Together they founded the Hungarian Music Society and they collaborated in collecting and editing Hungarian folksongs for publication. Close friends throughout their lives, they often performed and championed each other's music. The performers on this recording have endeavored to be true to the original spirit of the music of Bartok and Kodaly in arranging for the group. Sometimes these arrangements have a comparatively logical quality, such as Bartok's Rumanian Dances played by a folk band with cimbalom, whistles and recorders, guitars, banjo and bass. In other cases the sounds are more unusual, such as the arrangement of Kodaly's Ave Maria for voice and low pennywhistles.
Contents:
Bela Bartok, composer
Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz 56
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Rutheian song from Duos for Two Violins, Sz 98
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Swinherd's Dance from For Children, Sz 42
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Hommage à R. Sch. From Mikrokosmos, Sz 107
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Lullaby from Duos for Two Violins
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Ruthenian dance from Duos for Two Violins, Sz 98
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Hommage à J.S.b. from Mikrokosmos, Sz 107
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Accompaniment in broken triads from Mikrokosmos, Sz 107
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Bulgarian rhythm from Mikrokosmos
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Mourning song from For Children
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Revelry from For Children
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Farewell from For Children
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Little dance in canon form from Mikrokosmos
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Unison divided from Mikrokosmos
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Merriment from Mikrokosmos
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Chromatic invention from Mikrokosmos
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Hey tulip, tulip from For Children
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Round dance from For Children
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
I lost my young couple from For Children
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Mother of my lover from For Children
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Teasing song from For Children
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Had I not seen you! from Two and Three Part Choruses
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano, Boston University Women's Chorus, Steven Lipsitt, conductor


Bela Bartok, composer
Breadbaking from Two and Three Part Choruses
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Bela Bartok, composer
Lonely wanderer from Two and Three Part Choruses
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano, Boston University Women's Chorus, Steven Lipsitt, conductor


Bela Bartok, composer
Don't leave me here! from Two and Three Part Choruses
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano, Boston University Women's Chorus, Steven Lipsitt, conductor


Bela Bartok, composer
Girls' teasing song from Two and Three Part Choruses
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano, Boston University Women's Chorus, Steven Lipsitt, conductor


Zoltan Kodaly, composer
Ave Maria
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Zoltan Kodaly, composer
The Gypsy
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano


Zoltan Kodaly, composer
Evening Song
Crofut Consort, Julianne Baird, soprano

Review:
"This is a lovely and lovingly-produced CD. Purists won't like it, for the musicians gave themselves a free hand with the arrangements. Altering the original orchestration gives the music a certain freshness and folksiness. Soprano Julianne Baird's contributions are stunning - but everyone is first-rate on this highly-recommended recording." (American Record Guide)
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