Graham Abbott Explores Béla Bartók’s Piano Music On Classics Unlocked

Popular broadcaster Graham Abbott’s fifteenth episode of his fascinating podcast series ‘Classics Unlocked’, is available now on YouTube, Apple Music and all other podcast platforms. Every episode is also hosted on the Classics Direct website.

In this episode of ‘Classics Unlocked’, Graham explores the piano music of Béla Bartók whose music was strongly influenced by his research into folk music traditions. Béla Bartók also wrote in a strongly modernist vein. One of the great composers and music educators of the 20th century, he was also one of its great pianists.

The recordings featured in this episode come from a recent reissue on the Eloquence label, showcasing the 1950s albums made by the Hungarian pianist Andor Foldes, originally on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The 19-CD Limited Edition box set is now available.


Bach’s Cello Suites – Pierre Fournier
Mahler’s Symphonies – Bernard Haitink
Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies – Mikhail Pletnev
Wagner’s Ring Cycle – Georg Solti
Berlioz The Rule Breaker – Various Artists
Beethoven’s Early Piano Sonatas – Wilhelm Kempff
Bruckner’s Symphonies – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Mozart’s Wind Concertos – Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Carols Old & New – Various Artists
Beethoven’s Symphonies – Herbert von Karajan
Verdi’s La traviata – Carlos Kleiber
Beethoven’s Middle Piano Sonatas – Wilhelm Kempff
Elgar’s Two Great Concertos – Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Alfredo Campoli
Beethoven’s Late Piano Sonatas – Wilhelm Kempff
Bartok’s Piano Music – Andor Foldes


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