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Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, June 2004

"Jandó, surely the most recorded of all pianists, is a persuasive advocate, achieving a fine sense of gravity and desolation in the fourth Dirge and thrilling us with his brilliantly incisive way in the Second Romanian Dance. ...this is a distinguished issue, admirably recorded."

Max Loppert
BBC Music Magazine, February 2004

"Jeno Jandó's third CD of Bartók piano music is a most attractive admirably well balanced and rewarding artistic statement."

Elizabeth Roche
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), January 2004

"This superb disc of music by one of Spain's most talented early 16th century composers is exactly the sort of boost that the less well-known repertoire needs in its search for a place in today's CD collection. It is in every way a model of what a recording of Renaissance polyphony ought to be...The all male vocal ensemble sings with enormous conviction as well as firm control of rhythm and phrasing. Combining the voices with energetically played sackbuts produces a rich and dark-hued sound that feels authentically Spanish, and does full justice to this very fine music."

Olin Chism
The Dallas Morning News

"Jeno Jando, music of Bela Bartok, Out of Doors (Naxos): Rarely has a composer looked less like his music than Bartok. Photographs portray him as a slight, shy and rather apprehensive man who apparently never smiled. But start the first track of this fine recording and you hear something else. The pounding bass chords of "With Drums and Pipes" suggest that he still possessed the genes of his ancient and wild Magyar ancestors.

But Bartok was a multifaceted composer and the 27 tracks on the release represent a wide variety of moods. The first of Four Dirges is not so much sad as atmospheric -- reminiscent, in spirit, of Debussy.

Despite the composer's invariably solemn countenance, there is wit as well. "Quarrel" is, well, quarrelsome. "A Little Tipsy" lurches around, its jerky motion aptly reflecting the title.

The Hungarian pianist Jeno Jando's bold and reflective performances make a strong case for this appealing music."

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