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Modern Art Orchestra Plays Béla Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs

Modern Art Orchestra Plays Béla Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs

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Modern Art Orchestra Plays Béla Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs
Modern Art Orchestra; Kornél Fekete-Kovács (dir.)

The Modern Art Orchestra has taken Bartók at his word. This CD features a big band arrangement of Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs, a piano work written between 1914 and 1918, published in 1920, in which Bartók arranged some of his favourites from the melodies he had collected in the 1910s. The orchestrators, Kristóf Bacsó, János Ávéd, Gábor Subicz and Kornél Fekete-Kovács, all the soloists of the Modern Art Orchestra, have the utmost respect for Bartók’s piano score. Not a single note is added to any of the movements, and they do nothing but the most perceptive of literary translators: as faithfully as possible to the original, they transpose the language of the piano to that of a large orchestra.