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Bela Bartok

Bela Bartok

Bela Bartok.

Béla Bartók artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Concerts

The Takacs Quartet played Bartok and Schubert last week at the Savannah Music Festival.

April 3, 2012 The revered group plays intricate Bartók and passionate Schubert at the Savannah Music Festival.

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The Takacs Quartet played Bartók and Schubert last week at the Savannah Music Festival.

April 2, 2012 The revered group plays intricate Bartók and passionate Schubert at the Savannah Music Festival.

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The Tokyo Quartet untangles Beethoven's complex Grosse Fuge at WQXR's Greene Space.

April 7, 2011 Watch the venerable ensemble play Beethoven, Bartok and Haydn in New York City's Greene Space.

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The Emerson String Quartet

April 26, 2010 The lauded quartet played music from its broad repertoire, live from New York City.

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May 6, 2009 A classical string quartet joins a Hungarian folk band to pay homage to Bela Bartok in concert.

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September 21, 2007 Samuel Ramey does double duty in Bluebeard's Castle and Gianni Schicchi.

January 9, 2006 Kocsis plays the seldom-performed Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Finnish Radio Symphony.

Interviews & Profiles

Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, circa 1886. The 200th anniversary of his birth falls on Oct. 22.

October 20, 2011 Hear the acclaimed pianist discuss and spin his favorite Liszt recordings.

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Conductor Fritz Reiner at a 1950 rehearsal.

December 1, 2009 The Chicago Symphony, playing as if it had been set on fire, set a standard for Bartok back in 1955.

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November 21, 2008 A new poll in Gramophone magazine ranks it among the top 20 orchestras in the world.

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September 14, 2007 Bela Bartok's discovery of folk music would be the defining factor in developing his unique style.

Discover Songs

A scene from Puccini's "Tosca"

September 16, 2010 Where will True Blood fans get their fix now that season three has ended? In a word: Opera.

September 26, 2008 Five lesser known songs that employ the 5/4 time signature.

News

All the classical news that's fit to link.

June 10, 2011 A dissolved orchestra, handsomely paid CEOs and a viola melee: all the classical news fit to link.

Christoph Eschenbach

October 2, 2010 The conductor, who could never be accused of blandness, finds a new home in Washington, D.C.

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Reviews

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December 4, 2005 Cellist Matt Haimovitz's new Goulash! album takes on the music of Eastern Europe.

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More Stories

Caleb Burhans debut album as a composer is called Evensong.

September 8, 2013 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Jacki Lyden spin a wide variety of new classical recordings.

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January 24, 2005 Hungarian composer Béla Bartók collected recordings of folk music and incorporated it into his own.

Conductor Ivan Fischer leads his Budapest Festival Orchestra in a program of Bartok and Schubert live at Carnegie Hall, Saturday, Oct. 29.

October 27, 2011 Ivan Fischer conducted a songful symphony by Schubert and a finger-twisting concerto by Bartok.

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Hooray. It's Elephant Appreciation Day!

September 22, 2010 To mark Elephant Appreciation Day, take a "critter quiz." Match the music to the creature.

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June 5, 2009 Samuel Ramey does double duty in Bluebeard's Castle and Gianni Schicchi.

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August 10, 2006 A celebration of Hungary, from "Improvisations on Gypsy Music" to Bartok's 44 Duos for Two Violins.

NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

Hear Chopin's music in performance and perspective.

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

Enjoy archival interviews and performances from the folk revivalist.

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

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Goulash

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  • Album: Goulash
  • Artist: Matt Haimovitz
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Bartók at the Piano-1

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  • Album: Bartók at the Piano-1
  • Artist: Béla Bartók
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  • Released: 1998
 

Liszt: Piano Recital

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  • Album: Liszt: Piano Recital
  • Artist: Leif Ove Andsnes
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  • Released: 2001
 

Liszt: Wild and Crazy

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  • Album: Liszt: Wild and Crazy
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 2011
 

Marc-André Hamelin plays Liszt

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  • Album: Marc-André Hamelin plays Liszt
  • Artist: Marc-André Hamelin
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  • Released: 1997
 

Sonatas & Etudes by Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt & Ligeti

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  • Album: Sonatas & Etudes by Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt & Ligeti
  • Artist: Yuja Wang
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Franz Liszt: A Faust Symphony

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  • Album: Franz Liszt: A Faust Symphony
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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William Kapell Edition (Box Set)

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  • Album: William Kapell Edition (Box Set)
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  • Released: 1998
 

Icon: Dinu Lipatti [Box Set]

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  • Artist: Dinu Lipatti
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  • Released: 2008
 

Christoph Eschenbach

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  • Released: 1999
 

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

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  • Album: Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
  • Artist: Christoph Eschenbach
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • Released: 1997
 

Beethoven: The String Quartets

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  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
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Old World - New World

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  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
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Complete String Quartets

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  • Released: 1999
 

Bartók: 6 String Quartets

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Favorite Puccini Arias by the World's Favorite Sopranos

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  • Artist: Various
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  • Released: 1991
 

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps; Debussy: La mer; Boulez: Notations VII

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  • Album: Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps; Debussy: La mer; Boulez: Notations VII
  • Artist: Daniel Barenboim
  • Label: Teldec
  • Released: 2001
 

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition/Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

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  • Album: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition/Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
  • Artist: Georg Solti
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  • Released: 1988
 

Reiner Conducts Wagner

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  • Artist: Fritz Reiner
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  • Released: 1999
 

Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin

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  • Album: Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin
  • Artist: Marin Alsop/Bournemouth Symphony
  • Label: NAXOS
  • Released: 2005
 

Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle

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  • Album: Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle
  • Artist: Istvan Kertesz
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  • Released: 1999
 

Bartók: Divertimento; Romanian Folk Dances; Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite; Dumbarton Oaks

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  • Album: Bartók: Divertimento; Romanian Folk Dances; Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite; Dumbarton Oaks
  • Artist: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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Bartók: Works For Piano Solo

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  • Album: Bartók: Works For Piano Solo
  • Artist: Zoltán Kocsis
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  • Released: 1995
 

Bartók: Klavierkonzerte Nr. 1-3

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  • Album: Bartók: Klavierkonzerte Nr. 1-3
  • Artist: Géza Anda
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Bartók: The Six String Quartets

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  • Artist: Juilliard String Quartet
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  • Released: 1997
 

Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; The Miraculous Mandarin

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  • Album: Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; The Miraculous Mandarin
  • Artist: Riccardo Chailly
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  • Released: 2001