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Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

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Bartók - Music for Solo Violin & Violin and Piano

Bartók - Music for Solo Violin & Violin and Piano


Bartók:

Andante

Violin Sonata in E minor, BB28

Hungarian Folk Songs

for violin and piano

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117


Elise Båtnes (violin) & Håvard Gimse (piano)

Béla Bartók’s music for the violin occupies an important position in his creative output. The instrument attracted him at intervals throughout his career, from the Andante of 1902 to the magnificently disciplined Sonata for Violin Solo, written in 1944. Norwegian Elise Båtnes, newly appointed concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonics, makes her international debut release as a soloist with a selection of these phenomenal works, revealing a mature interpreter and an outstanding violinist.

The earliest surviving work by Bartók for violin and piano is the Andante in A major composed in 1902 while he was a student at the Budapest Academy of Music. It seems to have been written for a fellow-student destined for fame as a violinist, namely Adila d’Aranyi, niece of Joseph Joachim. The work was written as a kind of friendly message on a series of six postcards. The Sonata in E minor was written only one year later, but it reveals a more ambitious composer audibly inspired by both the virtuosity of Liszt, Hungarian folk music, the chromatic harmony of Richard Strauss and the violin sonatas of Brahms.

Bartók and Kodály, as professional ethnomusicologists, uncovered the old, authentic Hungarian folk music by going into the countryside with a phonograph and recording the actual melodies people sang and danced to. They published their first joint collection of folksongs in 1906, and Bartók published his piano pieces entitled “For Children” in 1909. In 1931 Bartók transcribed several numbers under the title Hungarian Folk Songs for violin and piano. Bartók’s Sonata for unaccompanied violin was one of his last compositions. It was written early in 1944 for Yehudi Menuhin, who had begun to emerge as a notable interpreter of Bartók’s violin music. The composer worked on the piece in close collaboration with Menuhin, who gave the world premiere in New York on 26 November 1944 and subsequently edited the score for publication.

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Bartók - Music for Violin, piano and clarinet

Bartók - Music for Violin, piano and clarinet


Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

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

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


Annar Follesø (violin), Björn Nyman (clarinet) & Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)

The young 2L label shows the tremendous scope of its activities in the six discs released this month. All recorded in state-of-the-art compatible SACD format, the repertoire ranges from Gregorian Chant for Lent and Holy Week, to

the music of Ola Gjeilo, very much a 21st-century post-modernist composer-performer, and Arne Nordheim, probably Norway’s best-known contemporary

composer.

The Nordheim disc demonstrates the other strand in 2L’s release programme:

young Norwegian artists – in this case the Cikada Duo. There is also a live recording of an excellent concert given by pianist Steffen Horn (Dussek, Grieg,

Rachmaninov and Prokofiev), and two discs devoted to young violinists in 20th

century repertoire: Annar Follesø playing Bartók, and an enticing coupling of

sonatas by Richard Strauss and George Enescu, played by Kolbjørn Holthe

accompanied by Tor Espen Aspaas.

Attractive and unusual “book” style presentation completes the picture, giving

instant ‘eye appeal’. Certainly, all worth checking out.

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2L - 2L28

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Bartók - Piano Works

Bartók - Piano Works


Bartók:

Two Romanian Dances, Op. 8a, Sz. 43, BB56

Dirges (4), Op. 9a, BB 58, Sz. 45

Out of Doors, Sz. 81, BB89

Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 74, Op. 20

Piano Sonata, BB 88, Sz. 80


Nicolas Bringuier (piano)

Béla Bartók's piano works often have a subordinate role as it is difficult to place them stylistically, and because they present an enormous technical challenge.This programme, performed by the young French pianist Nicholas Bringuier, presents works by Bartók written between 1909 and 1926. It takes both a courageous and superior interpreter to do justice to these works.

“Bringuier's brightly buoyed performances are bang on the nail whereas his subtle sense of colour works well in the Four Dirges… more elastic, less relentless Bartók than has become the norm in recent years…” Gramophone Magazine, November 2009

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Audite - AUDITE92568

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Bartók - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Bartók - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Bartók:

String Quartet No. 1, Sz 40 (Op. 7)

String Quartet No. 2, Sz 67 (Op. 17)


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Praga Digitals - DSD250235

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Balkan Rhapsody

Balkan Rhapsody


Bartók:

Romanian Folk Dances for orchestra, Sz. 68, BB 76

Hadjiev:

Bulgarian Folk Songs

Herkenhoff:

Postkarten einer Rumänienreise

Keller, Matthias:

Balkania


Ulrich Herkenhoff (pan flute)

Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Toshiyuki Kamioka, Henry Raudales

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Oehms - OC603

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Bartok, Lutoslawski: Concertos for Orchestra

Bartok, Lutoslawski: Concertos for Orchestra


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Lutosławski:

Concerto for Orchestra

Fanfare for Louisville


“…it's riveting to hear such tight concentration, whether in the virtuosity that informs most of the work, or in the few more contemplative passages.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2006 ***

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Bartok, Prokofiev & Hindemith: Solo 2

Bartok, Prokofiev & Hindemith: Solo 2


Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Hindemith:

Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 31 No. 1

Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 31 No. 2 'Es ist so schönes Wetter draussen...'

Prokofiev:

Sonata in D major for solo violin, Op. 115


Ning Feng (violin)

BELA BARTOK composed his Sonata for violin solo (1944) after emigrating from Hungary to the USA on the outbreak of World War II. Political developments in Hungary and surrounding dictatorships became such an unbearable torment, that after long hesitation he said farewell to his fatherland. Before the October Revolution of 1918, SERGEY PROKOFIEV had been the enfant terrible of Russian music. His pointed, granite-like touch and - for that time - petrifying harmonies invariably caused violent controversies. In 1933, after a voluntary exile of fifteen years, homesickness brought him back to his fatherland.

PAUL HINDEMITH's name was established as a prominent contemporary composer, which led to his appointment in 1927 as composition teacher at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. However, the rise to power of the Nazis brought an end to Hindemith's activities and performances of his music. His two 'crimes' were the composition of 'degenerate' music and his association with Jews. Via Switzerland he went into exile in the USA.

“His performances of all [the works] unveil his artistry and musical thought in a way more redolent of his live performance persona than the evidence we have hitherto had on disc, exposing him as the thoughtful - as well as astonishingly accurate and nimble - musician he is.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“In purely technical terms this is a CD of quite stunning violin playing. Every aspect of Ning Feng’s playing seems to be under extraordinary control...the level of musical insight does not match the technical brilliance. I feel almost ungrateful and churlish asking for more in the presence of such skill.” MusicWeb International, 1st November 2013

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Bartók: 44 Duos for Two Violins

Bartók: 44 Duos for Two Violins


Bartók:

44 Duos for Two Violins, BB 104, Sz. 98

From Gyergyó (Gyergyóból) Sz. 35, BB 45a

Hungarian Folk Songs


Katalin Kokas (violin), Zoltan Kocsis (piano), Zoltán Juhász (flute), Barnabás Kelemen (violin)

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Bartók: Choral Works 1 - Female, Male and Mixed Choruses

Bartók: Choral Works 1 - Female, Male and Mixed Choruses


Krisztián Kocsis (piano)

Hungarian National Choir & Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Zoltán Kocsis

“Whether involving the Hungarian National Choir of the Slovak Philharmonic Choir…the singing is both superbly blended and subtly expressive, Zltan Kocsis and his chorusmasters combining for performances that have the ring of musical truth about them” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

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Hungaroton Bartók New Series - HSACD32522

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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116, etc.

Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Klein, Gideon:

Partita For Strings

Martinu:

Memorial to Lidice, H. 296


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"The Philadelphia's triumphal return…after ten years in the recording wilderness, America's legendary orchestra is back in formidable form under its music director [Christoph Eschenbach] who brilliantly realises a powerful programme." (BBC Music Magazine, Disc of the Month)

“Eschenbach opens with Martinů's Memorial to Lidice… this performance serves to intensify an overriding feeling of despair, the Philadelphians responding with a chilling incisiveness particularly in the deathly bitonal chords that appear at the beginning and end of the work. Gideon Klein's Partita is a highly effective string orchestral transcription of a Trio written in Terezín some months before this talented composer was deported to Auschwitz. Within this... context Bartók's Concerto... emerges as a much darker and more disturbing work. Once... Eschenbach emphasises these resonances by taking his time in the slow introduction to the first movement and thereby building up a much greater head of steam in the exciting accelerando to the Allegro Vivace.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2006 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2006

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - January 2006

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