Six pieces from Mikrokosmos, Vol. IV, Sz. 107, BB 105
Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Sonata in A minor, D. 784
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Bartók, the Hungarian pianist, composer, proto-ethnomusicologist. His profound interest and analytical study of folk music is evident in a distinct style that integrates folk with classicism and modernism. Mikrokosmos (1926-1939), a collection of 153 miniature piano works, continue a standard of piano education similar to J.S
. Bach's Well Tempered Clavier. The unique nature of these pieces are manifest in their unique harmonic awareness (Intermezzo), use of polyrhythms and irregular time signatures (Minor and Major), as well as a distinctly Eastern influence (From The Island Of Bali).
Schubert's Sonata in A minor (1823), a piece of tragic expressive darkness, itself a skeleton of sonata-allegro form, with minimum harmony and rhythm, transmits interstellar austerity and wonder. Removed are the ’themes’. Void, it is, of convention and of pleasing ornaments. Instead — a violence in key changes; an unrestrained chromaticism; a proclivity for banal repetition. The brooding effects of this piece unravel an agitated psychological dimension before the listener, counterbalanced by moments of sublime melody, and infinite longing; a mysterious ‘storm and urge’ towards surrender.
Gavin Gamboa, piano
Recorded Live at Teatro Peón Contreras
Mérida, Yucatán, México