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All Things Hungarian: Bartok and Budapest

Bela Bartok.
Bela Bartok.

For one hour, it's all things Hungarian on Performance Today, beginning with "Improvisations on Gypsy Music" performed by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, led by Ivan Fischer. They're joined by Hungarian folk musicians, the father-and-son duo of Joszef Lendvai (Sr. and Jr.), and cimbalom player Oszkar Okros. Musicologist Peter Laki tells us about Bela Bartok's craving for folk tunes from his native Hungary and elsewhere, and from the Performance Today studio, violinists Andras Keller and Janos Pilz — both members of the Keller String Quartet — perform selections from Bartok's 44 Duos for Two Violins, based on folk tunes.

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