The Bartok Collection

Posted on September 21st, 2015 by

I am, like most of my colleagues and friends, entranced by the music of Bela Bartok. This post brings together some of my favourite pieces, with performances stretching back to 1992!

Bartok with Zoltan Szekely

Bartok with Zoltan Szekely

Bartok-Divertimento for String Orchestra

Parnassus Ensemble. Director Peter Sheppard Skaerved.

Live Performance (Lofi rip from C90 tape) Guildhall School of Music 1992

Bartok-String Quartet No. 3.

Kreutzer Quartet -Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde

13th July 2012 Recording courtesy of Colin Still (Optic Nerve)

Bartok-Second Sonata (1922)

Live Performance-Aaron Shorr-Piano, Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivari 1698 ‘Joachim’)
Wiltons Music Hall July 11th 2011 Engineer-Colin Still

Bartok-44 Duos with  violins,  by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Parma, c.1765 and Antonio Stradivari 1698 (Joachim) (Royal Academy of Music Collections) 

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari (Joachim 1698)

Mihailo Trandafilovski ( Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Parma, c.1765i)

Wiltons Music Hall 19 October 2010
Engineer -Colin Steel (Optic Nerve)

1. Necklied/Matchmaking Song/Parosito 

2. Reigen/Maypole/Kalamajko 

3. Menuetto

4. Sommer-Sonnwendlied/Summer Solstice Song/ Szentivaneji 

5. Slowakisches Lied (1)/Slovakian Song (1)/Tot Nota (1) 

6. Ungarisches  Lied (1)/Hungarian Song(1)/ Magyar Nota (1) 

7. Wallachisches Lied/Walachian Song/Olah Nota 

8.Slowakisches Lied (2)/Slovakian Song(2)/Tot Nota 

9. Spiel-Lied/Play Song/Jatek 

10.Ruthenisches Lied / Ruthenian Song / Ruten Nota 

11. Wiegenlied/Cradle Song/Gyermekrengeteskor 

12. Heu-Erntelied /  Hay Gathering Song / Svenagyujteskor 

13. Hochzeitslied/Wedding Song/Lakodalmas July 17th 2010 

14. Polster-Tanz/Pillow Dance/Parnas Tanc 

15. Soldatenlied/Soldiers’ Song 

16. Burleske/Burlesque/Burleszk 

17. Ungarischer March(1)/ Hungarian March/Menetelo Nota (1) 

18.Ungarischer Marsch (2)/Hungarian March (2)/ Menetelo Nota 

20. Wechsel Gesang/Alternating Song/Dal 

21. Neujahrslied (1)/New Years Greeting (1)/Ujevkoszonto 

22. Mückentanz/Mosquito Dance/ Szunyogtanc  

23. Abschied von der Braut/Farewell to the Bride/Menyasszonbugsuztato  

24. Scherzo/Jeering Song/Trefas Nota  

25. Ungarisches Lied/Hunagarian Song/Magyar Nota 

26.Spottlied/Teasing Song/Ugyan Edes Komamasszony 

27.Hinke-Tanz/Limping Dance/Santa-Tanc 

28. Gram/Sorrow/Bankokas 

29. Neujahrslied (2)/New Years Greetings (2)/ Ujevkoszonto(2)

30. Neujahrslied/New Year’s Greeting (3)/ Ujevkoszonto 

31: Neujahrslied/New Year’s Greeting (4)/ Ujevkoszonto 

32. Tanzlied/Dance from Marmaros/Marmarosi Tanc 

33. Erntlied/Harvest Song/Arataskor 

34: Zählied/Enumerating Song/ Szamlalo Nota 

35: Ruthenische Kolomejka/Ruthenian Kolomeika/Ruten Kolomejka 

36: Dudelsack/Bagpipes/Szol a Duda 

37. Vorspiel und Kanon/Prelude and Canon/Preludium es Kanon 

38: Rumanischer Dreh-Tanz/Rumanian Whirling Dance/Forgatos 

39: Serbian Dance/ Szerb Tanc 

40: Wallachischer Tanz/Wallachian Dance/Olah Tanc 

41: Scherzo 

42; Arabischer Gesang/Arabian Song/Arab Dal 

43: Pizzicato 28th August 

44. Siebenburgisch (Ardeleana)/Transylvanian Dance/Erdelyi Tanz 



Violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Parma, c.1765