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Bartók established his mature style with such scores as the ballet The Miraculous Mandarin and his opera Bluebeard’s Castle. He revived his career as a concert pianist in 1927 when he gave the première of his First Piano Concerto in Mannheim.
Bartók detested the rise of Fascism and in October 1940 he quit Budapest and travelled to the USA. At first he concentrated on ethno-musicological researches, but eventually returned to composition and created a significant group of ‘American’ works, including the Concerto for Orchestra and his Third Piano Concerto.
His character was distinguished by a firm, almost stubborn refusal to compromise or be diverted from his musical instincts by money or position. Throughout his working life, Bartók collected, transcribed and annotated the folk-songs of many countries, a commitment that brought little financial return or recognition but one which he regarded as his most important contribution to music.
from notes by LSO Live © 2014