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Fantastic Music at a Fantastic Price,
This review is from: Bartók: Sonata for 2 Pianos & Percussion Suite for 2 Pianos (Audio CD)
Bartoks Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion is a work that features all the elements that cement Bartok as one of my favourite composers. It explores the brilliant timbral similarities between the piano and various other percussion instruments (the piano of course being one), He does this with brilliant rhythmic drive and energy and explores so much ground harmonically, yet there are also soft and delicate passages that are slightly haunting.
The 2nd on this disc an arrangement of an early orchestral suite, was nothing special, after hearing the sonata for 2 pianos and percussion it almost seems bland. The harmony isn't very adventurous (it was one of Bartoks first foray outside of tonality) and although the work is a reasonably nice listen it shadows too much after what is one of Bartoks great masterpieces.