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

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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)

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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

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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 

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2. Reigen/Maypole/Kalamajko 

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3. Menuetto

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4. Sommer-Sonnwendlied/Summer Solstice Song/ Szentivaneji 

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

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

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7. Wallachisches Lied/Walachian Song/Olah Nota 

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

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9. Spiel-Lied/Play Song/Jatek 

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10.Ruthenisches Lied / Ruthenian Song / Ruten Nota 

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11. Wiegenlied/Cradle Song/Gyermekrengeteskor 

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12. Heu-Erntelied /  Hay Gathering Song / Svenagyujteskor 

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

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14. Polster-Tanz/Pillow Dance/Parnas Tanc 

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15. Soldatenlied/Soldiers’ Song 

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16. Burleske/Burlesque/Burleszk 

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

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

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19. Märchen/A Fairy Tale/ Mese 

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20. Wechsel Gesang/Alternating Song/Dal 

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

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22. Mückentanz/Mosquito Dance/ Szunyogtanc  

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

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24. Scherzo/Jeering Song/Trefas Nota  

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25. Ungarisches Lied/Hunagarian Song/Magyar Nota 

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26.Spottlied/Teasing Song/Ugyan Edes Komamasszony 

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

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28. Gram/Sorrow/Bankokas 

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

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

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

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32. Tanzlied/Dance from Marmaros/Marmarosi Tanc 

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33. Erntlied/Harvest Song/Arataskor 

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34: Zählied/Enumerating Song/ Szamlalo Nota 

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35: Ruthenische Kolomejka/Ruthenian Kolomeika/Ruten Kolomejka 

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36: Dudelsack/Bagpipes/Szol a Duda 

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

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

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39: Serbian Dance/ Szerb Tanc 

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40: Wallachischer Tanz/Wallachian Dance/Olah Tanc 

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41: Scherzo 

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42; Arabischer Gesang/Arabian Song/Arab Dal 

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43: Pizzicato 28th August 

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

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Violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Parma, c.1765