Yehudi Menuhin plays Bartók

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Yehudi Menuhin plays Bartók



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27th April 2009




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Yehudi Menuhin plays Bartók


Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112

Recorded 12th – 13th September, 1953 in EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84, Sz. 75

Recorded 29th December, 1947 in RCA Studio No. 2, New York City

Adolph Baller (piano)



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Yehudi Menuhin commissioned and gave the first performance of Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin and was an influential advocate of his music.

This 1947 recording of the First Violin Sonata finds Menuhin in particularly intense and vivid form, his accomplishment equalled by Adolph Baller’s virtuosity and perceptive musicianship.

Of the four studio recordings Menuhin made of the composer’s Second Violin Concerto, this 1953 rendition, while perhaps not flawless, certainly remains an unusually truthful and penetrating account of one of the twentieth century’s most magnificent, challenging and emotionally satisfying violin concertos.

Bela Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2, BB 117

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Andante tranquillo

III. Allegro molto

Bela Bartok: Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84

I. Allegro appassionato

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

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