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Penguin Guide, January 2009

BARTOK, B.: Piano Music, Vol. 1 8.554717
BARTOK, B.: Piano Music, Vol. 2 8.554718

Jenő Jandó is very well served by the Naxos engineers and gives far more than just serviceable accounts of this repertoire. His playing is thoroughly idiomatic…

American Record Guide, August 2002

"Jandó's Bartok is articulate, well-pronounced and spirited, often capturing mystery, darkness, and the lighter playfulness of the composer. He is a clean player, both in finger work and in pedaling."

Jed Distler, June 2002

"Volume 2 in Jeno Jando's survey of Bartók's solo piano music offers an attractive cross-section of the Hungarian composer's most accessible, folk-influenced shorter works... Jando invests each movement with idiomatic flair, whether in the Allegro molto's incisive, aggressive chordal jabs or the fourth movement's sensual lyricism."

Dan Davis, April 2002

"Jeno Jandó's ongoing series for Naxos is an attractive proposition for anyone who wants to become familiar with the music through idiomatic performances at budget prices. In this second volume of the series, dance and dance-derived works are center stage, and Jando plays with rhythmic drive, though he never allows the music's melodic charms to get lost in folk-based floor-stomping. His tone is never hard, and he captures the hushed stillness at the heart of the fourth movement of the Dance Suite, a wonderful work better known in its orchestral version. Bartok's genius transformed simple folk melodies into sophisticated art without losing their essence. A major breakthrough work in that regard is the Improvisations, whose eight movements are small miracles of adventurous keyboard writing. But then, everything on this disc is worth exploring."

David Weininger
The Boston Phoenix, March 2002

"This is a fascinating release, filled with piano music that bears the stamp of Bartok's engagement with Eastern European folk music... Jeno Jando, Naxos's 'house pianist,' performs everything with an emphasis on lucidity and a big, beautiful sound...[and] textural clarity... Highly recommended."

D.T. Baker
Edmonton Journal, March 2002

We probably don't think of piano music right off the bat when we think of Bela Bartok. But he wrote a fair amount of it, and it is often a clear window into his compositional soul.

Jeno Jando, already established as Naxos' versatile 'in-house' pianist, comes home to the music of fellow Hungarian Bartok in this second set of the composer's solo piano stuff... [playing] with inspiration, energy and lucidity.

The vibrant colours and rhythms of the Dance Suite are captured wonderfully by Jando. The clever touches in the Petite Suite, including the piano imitating violin pizzicato, are deftly caught. The precious fragments of the Rumanian-inspired miniatures of the Sonatina, folk dances and Christmas carols are also well handled. Only the more strident and modern-sounding Improvisations seem to sound flatter in Jando's execution, without the personality which seems more on display in the other works on the disc."

David Weininger
Portland Phoenix, March 2002

"Jeno Jando, Naxos's 'house pianist,' performs everything with an emphasis on lucidity and a big, beautiful sound. His playing may lack the nervous tension other pianists bring to Bartok's music, but the textural clarity he provides is ample compensation. Highly recommended."

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