Bartók, Serly, Stravinsky, The New Music String Quartet -Five Pieces From Mikrokosmos / Three Pieces For String Quartet / String Quartet No. 3 (Bartók Records)
Béla Bartók - Contrasts & Solo Violin Sonata (Bartók Records), 1953
Béla Bartók, Victor Aitay , Michael Kuttner 44 Violin Duets, (Bartók Records)
Béla Bartók, William Primrose, Tibor Serly, The New Symphony Orchestra Of London - Viola Concerto (Bartók Records)
These lovely Bartók Records issues reminds me a lot of older Folkways releases. The same thick cardboard, the same heavy vinyl, sometimes even a similar esthetic on the covers. There also similarities in how they been able to produce beautiful records in very primitive circumstances – Folkways’ Lightning Hopkins album was recorded in a hotel room, and the Bartok Records’ New String Music Quartet album in a two-room apartment in New York, with a loudspeaker in a bath room to create an illusion of space.
My favorite piece here is Mikrokomos, a suite Bartók composed as pedagogical material for his son, Peter, so he could to learn the piano. Here a part of it is arranged for a string quartet by Tibor Serly to great effect. Peter would later run Bartók Records and as well as edit Bartók’s manuscripts for publication.
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