Bartok - Mikrokosmos 6, Hungarian Peasant Songs, Suite Op.14, Out of doors | Hyperion CDA68123

Bartok - Mikrokosmos 6, Hungarian Peasant Songs, Suite Op.14, Out of doors


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68123

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st April 2016



The remarkably gifted French pianist Cédric Tiberghien turns to the music of Béla Bartók in a wide-ranging programme including the famous Op.14 Suite and the sixth (and final – most ferocious in its technical demands) book of the Mikrokosmos project.


French pianist Cédric Tiberghien has an expressive way with Bartók. Even in music that often uses the piano as a percussive instrument, his attack is never angular or dry; instead, it’s warm, personal and spacious, with a flux to the rhythms that sounds totally organic. Why have I never noticed so many gorgeous impressionistic colours in the Opus 14 Suite? Clearly, they’re there for the taking in the hands of the right pianist. And crucially, in a collection of miniatures – this disc contains 43 tiny pieces averaging a minute or two each – Tiberghien is capable of magicking up vivid character within seconds. He makes shapely sense of the twisting counterpoint in the Barcarolla of the Out of Doors suite and creates an intensely clammy stillness in The Night’s Music. He turns the Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs into muscular little vignettes, the vivacious third Burlesque into a perfect Debussy-esque shimmer, and finds huge personality in every corner of the fiendish last book of Mikrokosmos.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 25 March 2016
... the chief glory of this recording lies with the Peasant Songs and the sixth book of Mikrokosmos. Each of the songs is sharply characterised, and the pulse throughout follows the heartbeat. Meanwhile Mikrokosmos is delivered with charm, each note perfectly weighted, and with the concluding display of Bulgarian rhythms making a brilliant envoi to the record as a whole.  Michael Church
BBC Music Magazine June 2016

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