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Jed Distler, January 2015

Jandó’s bravura performance casts inhibition to the wind without losing the slightest control. © 2015 Read complete review

James H. North
Fanfare, September 2014

The bagatelles show Bartók feeling his oats, expanding his range harmonically and rhythmically. These 25 minutes are as enjoyable as any other set of Bartók piano pieces.

…the Nine Little Piano Pieces…[are played] clear, and Naxos’ recorded sound is bright if a bit reverberant…

I was captivated by this disc. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review, May 2014

Jandó, always reliable and often quite distinguished in performing Bartók’s music, handles the contrasting styles of the Fourteen Bagatelles and Nine Little Piano Pieces very well indeed, not overdoing or shortchanging either work and giving listeners plenty of chances to contrast them. A number of shorter works and a shortened version of Bartók’s Op. 1 Rhapsody round out a well-played…CD filled with interesting contrasts—a worthy entry in this series, and one that collectors looking for a full complement of Bartók’s piano music are sure to relish. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

There has been a very long gap since we welcomed the sixth volume of Bartok’s complete piano music from Jano Jando, this release seemingly the last installment. It is in a ‘sweeping-up’ mode with the Bagatelles and Little Piano Pieces sharing in a disc completed by youthful essays. Most are technically quite simple, others present a few problems, but for the listener they are all equally attractive…By the time we reach the Nine Little Piano Pieces, composed seventeen years later, he had entered the fashionable world of neo-classicism…The Scherzo and Three Piano Pieces were youthful essays in the Romantic era, a period that also included the Rhapsody, a score that comes in a number of shapes and sizes, including one for piano and orchestra. Throughout the series Jeno Jando has shown himself as a peerless interpreter of his compatriot’s music, his clarity of articulation is a constant joy, and his avoidance of exaggeration is valuable. As throughout the years the same dedicated recording team have shown they have few equals. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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