I'm not familiar with Bartok's work and this is the first album of his that I've bought. I must confess that I only bought it as part of the ASV Platinum series. The songs were strange to me at first, and it seemed like a lot of Bartok's work was improvised. After a few listenings however, I realized the strange dissonant character of Bartok's work and that it is a thing of beauty. I particularly enjoyed the piano pieces, among some of the finest quality of piano recordings in any album I've heard in recent years. I would highly recommend this album for the serious and casual classical collector. Brilliant!