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Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók (Composer)

Born: 25th March 1881, Sannicolau Mare

Died: 26th September 1945, New York

Nationality: Hungarian

Béla Viktor János Bartók was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Franz Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology.

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Recording of the Week, Folk Songs from Magdalena Kožená

The Czech mezzo teams up with her husband Simon Rattle and the Czech Philharmonic for superbly characterful performances of folk-inspired song-cycles by Bartók, Berio, Ravel and Montsalvatge.

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The American conductor talks about her debut recording on Pentatone with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic - and explains why the repertoire on the album required such high levels of trust and caffeine...

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