Bartók: Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84, Sz. 75, etc.

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Bartók: Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84, Sz. 75, etc.



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

Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85, Sz. 76

Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111

Jeno Jando (piano), Gyorgy Pauk (violin)



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Bela Bartok: Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84

I. Allegro appassionato

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

Bela Bartok: Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85

I. Molto moderato

II. Allegretto

Bela Bartok: Contrasts, BB116

I. Verbunkos: Moderato, ben ritmato

II. Piheno: Lento

III. Sebes: Allegro vivace

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Readers who habitually fight shy of Bartók's provocatively astringent piano writing might at first find these endlessly fascinating works rather unpalatable, the First Sonata especially. But careful scrutiny reveals manifold beauties which, once absorbed, tend to haunt the memory and prompt repeated listening. Jenö Jandó's piano playing is fairly forthright yet without the naked agression of, say, Sviatoslav Richter. And it provides an effective foil for György Pauk's warm tone and fluid solo line, especially in the First Sonata, where ungainly tone production could so easily compound the listener's discomfort.
Here, however, the interpretation is at once thoughtful and well shaped, and fully appreciative of the mysterious 'night music' that sits at the heart of the Adagio.
The Second Sonata is both gentler and more improvisatory, its language and structure – although still pretty formidable – somewhat in the manner of a rhapsody. Pauk and Jandó again hit the target, and the full-bodied recording makes for a homogeneous sound picture. To have a spirited performance of the multi-faceted Contrasts (with Kálmán Berkes on clarinet) as a bonus certainly helps promote this well- annotated CD to the front line of competition.
A confident mainstream recommendation, then, and superb value for money.”

The Strad

“Pauk... displays a consistently rich and golden tone.... while Jando offers a quite superb account of the fiendish piano part.”

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