Bartók: 14 Bagatelles, Sz 38; 2 Romanian Dances, Sz 43; 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz 71; Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz 74; 6 Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (from Mikrokosmos – Vol 6, Sz 107)

Reviewed on Wed 04 Nov, 2015

Terry Eder's playing is technically excellent and has a quality of controlled intensity reminiscent of Bartók's own recorded performances. I look forward to hearing her again.

This thoughtfully conceived recital offers a selection of Bartók's folk music-related works for solo piano, starting with the 14 Bagatelles from 1908, and concluding with the 6 Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm from the final volume of Mikrokosmos. Bartók himself left us little analytical insight into the evolution of his compositional style, but it is clear that he drew consistent inspiration from the melodic, harmonic and (perhaps particularly, given the evidence of his own playing) rhythmic language of Eastern European folk music. Terry Eder's playing is technically excellent and has a quality of controlled intensity reminiscent of Bartók's own recorded performances. It would be unfair not to remind readers of Zoltán Kocsis's benchmark recording of Bartók's complete music for solo piano (Decca), but on the basis of this release, Eder really does have something to add to the current catalogue. I look forward to hearing her again.
–Chris Achenbach