Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók (photo Tully Potter)
Born: 1881
Died: 1945

One of the 20th century’s most important and individual composers, cherished for his intellectual rigour, uncompromising individuality and personal sound world.

Explore Bartók's life and music...

Béla Bartók – the life and music of the Hungarian maverick

Béla Bartók’s music takes listeners on a journey through folklore and fantasy. Rob Cowan offers a guide to exploring his compelling genius... Read more

Inside Bartók's Solo Violin Sonata

Rob Cowan talks to violinist James Ehnes about the demands of Bartók’s Solo Violin Sonata... Read more

Bartók’s piano concertos – the pianist’s sternest test

Tackling Bartók’s three piano concertos is tantamount to conquering Mount Everest – but is the view from the summit worth the climb, asks Geoffrey Norris... Read more

Top 10 Bartók recordings

From Fritz Reiner to Patricia Kopatchinskaja, these are 10 of the finest recordings of Bartók's music... Read more

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