DIMITRI MITROPOULOS (1896-1960): Passacaglia, Intermezzo e Fuga, AHMED ADNAN SAYGUN (1907-1991): Piano Sonata, Op. 76, GEORGES ENESCU (1881-1955): Piano Sonata No. 3 in D, Op. 24/3, BÉLA BARTÓK (1881-1945): Piano Sonata, Sz. 80.

Catalogue Number: 05X049

Label: BIS

Reference: 2630

Format: SACD hybrid

Price: $19.98

Description: A program which juxtaposes four composers’ different responses to folk music. Bartók’s sonata is followed by Passacaglia, Intermezzo e Fuga with which Dimitri Mitropoulos made a clean break with earlier works in a more nationalistic vein. Next comes Çakmur’s compatriot, the Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun, who in 1936 accompanied Bartók on a field trip in Turkey collecting music. His sonata was composed some fifty years later, however, and refers to folk music primarily on a theoretical level. Closing the disc is Enescu’s Piano Sonata No. 3, which Çakmur in his own liner notes describes as ‘radiating a natural affinity for the village, without sacrificing the compositional value of the work.’ Can Çakmur (piano).


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