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Various Artists / Bartok Bagatelles, Dvorak Humoresques, Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Piano
Album:Bartok Bagatelles, Dvorak Humoresques, Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Piano Collection:Classical
Artist:Various Artists Added:05/2013
Label:Bridge Records 

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Album Review
Larry
Reviewed 2013-05-05 
The music on this CD was written in a span of 20 years, during which the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and the Russian Empire collapsed around the composers’ lives. Antonin Dvorak’s (1841-1904) Humoresques illustrate moods, or “humors.” Each is in ABA form, and all are tuneful and use classical harmonies. Sergei Prokofiev’s (1891-1953) Visions Fugitives were originally titled, “Things Flying By.” As the track notes below indicate, most are whimsical; all have Prokofiev’s slightly biting harmonies. Bela Bartok’s (1881-1945) Bagatelles are the first works in which he left behind 19th cent. Romantic influences. Each piece explores an “agenda,” whether tonality, handling of folk melodies, pianistic texture or piano technique. They range widely in the images evoked. Everyone knows the tune Dvorak used in the last track.

1. Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 6 (Poco Allegretto) 4:16. Remembering happy times, with some regret.
2. Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 5 (Vivace) 3:25. An energetic walk around the castle grounds on a sunny day as some fluffy clouds scud by.
3. Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: I. Lentamente 1:25. Expressive
4. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: II. Andante 1:26. whimsical passagework.
5. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: III. Allegretto 0:55. agitated syncopations
6. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: IV. Animated 1:0. breathless runs.
7. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: V. Molto Giocoso 0:25. playful march.
8. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: VI. Con Eleganza 0:37. tarentella
9. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: VII. Pittoresco (Arpa) 1:32. leisurely arpeggios
10. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: VIII. Commodo 1:45. wistful, hide-and-seek
11. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: IX. Allegretto Tranquillo 1:12. agile
12. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: X. Ridicolosamente 0:58. sarcastic.
13. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: XI. Con Vivacita 1:28. perky
14. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: XII. Assai Moderato 1:27. slow waltz.
15. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xiii. Allegretto 0:39. harmonic surprises.
16. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: XIV. Feroce 1:03. volcanic.
17. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: XV. Allegretto 0:55. chromatic whirlwind.
18. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: XVI. Dolente 1:53. sorrowful.
19. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: XVIi. Poetico 1:05. delicate.
20. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: XVIii. Con Una Dolce Lentezza 1:34. languid.
21. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: XIX. Presto Agitatissimo E Molto Accent. 0:41. agitated. Written in response to the 1917 Russian Revolution.
22. Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: XX. Lento Irrealmente 2:14. enigmatic, odd harmonies. Ending without a harmonic resolution.
23. Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 2 (Poco Andante) 2:39. A country tale.
24. Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 3 Poco Andante E Molto Cantabile 4:24. A country walk, sunny day.
25. Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 4 (Poco Andante) 2:53. Hiawatha’s child theme. Simple life.
26. Bartok: 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: I. Molto Sostenuto 1:22. Pensive
27. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: II. Allegro Giocoso 0:52. an agitated small character.
28. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: III. Andante 1:13. sadness
29. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: IV. Grave 1:20. A somber folk song.
30. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: V. Vivo 1:10. A Slovak folksong, agitated.
31. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: VI. Lento 1:57. odd harmonies underlie folk-like melody.
32. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: VII. Allegretto Molto Capriccioso 2:20. a study in abrupt tempo changes, somewhat humorous.
33. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: VIII. Andante Sostenuto 1:57. harsh, melancholy.
34. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: IX. Allegretto Grazioso 1:51. parallel octaves, short phrases.
35. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: X. Allegro 2:21. Rich contrasts; agitation, syncopation, brief expressive episode.
36. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: XI. Allegretto Molto Rubato 1:52. A slow Hungarian melody with modal harmonies, rapid figure accompaniment.
37. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: XII. Rubato 3:37. expressive, elegiac.
38. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Xiii. 'She Is Dead': Lento Funebre 2:28. Funereal.
39. 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: XIV. Waltz 'My Dancing Sweetheart': Presto 2:00. A waltz parody picture of a dancing woman.
40. Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 1 (Vivace) 2:37. Melancholy dance alternates with folk song.
41. Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 8 (Poco Andante) 3:19. A sad tale.
42. Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 7 (Poco Lento E Grazioso) 3:36. A song now well-known, akin to Stephen Foster’s “Old Folks at Home.”

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Dvorak Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 6 (Poco Allegretto) 4:16.
2.Dvorak Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 5 (Vivace) 3:25
3.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: I. Lentamente 1:25
4.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Ii. Andante 1:26
5.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Iii. Allegretto 0:55
6.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Iv. Animato 1:00
7.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: V. Molto Giocoso 0:25
8.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Vi. Con Eleganza 0:37
9.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Vii. Pittoresco (Arpa) 1:32
10.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Viii. Commodo 1:45
11.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Ix. Allegretto Tranquillo 1:12
12.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: X. Ridicolosamente 0:58
13.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xi. Con Vivacita 1:28
14.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xii. Assai Moderato 1:27
15.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xiii. Allegretto 0:39
16.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xiv. Feroce 1:03
17.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xv. Allegretto 0:55
18.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xvi. Dolente 1:53
19.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xvii. Poetico 1:05
20.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xviii. Con Una Dolce Lentezza 1:34
21.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xix. Presto Agitatissimo E Molto Accent. 0:41
22.Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Op. 22: Xx. Lento Irrealmente 2:14
23.Dvorak Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 2 (Poco Andante) 2:39
24.Dvorak Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 3 Poco Andante E Molto Cantabile 4:24
25.Dvorak Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 4 (Poco Andante) 2:53
26.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: I. Molto Sostenuto 1:22
27.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Ii. Allegro Giocoso 0:52
28.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Iii. Andante 1:13
29.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Iv. Grave 1:20
30.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: V. Vivo 1:10
31.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Vi. Lento 1:57
32.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Vii. Allegretto Molto Capriccioso 2:20
33.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Viii. Andante Sostenuto 1:57
34.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Ix. Allegretto Grazioso 1:51
35.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: X. Allegro 2:2
36.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Xi. Allegretto Molto Rubato 1:52
37.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Xii. Rubato 3:37
38.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Xiii. 'she Is Dead': Lento Funebre 2:28
39.Bartok 14 Bagatelles, Op. 6: Xiv. Waltz 'my Dancing Sweetheart': Presto 2:00
40.Dvorak Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 1 (Vivace) 2:37
41.Dvorak Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 8 (Poco Andante) 3:19
42.Dvorak Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 7 (Poco Lento E Grazioso) 3:36