Bartók: Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

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Bach, Bartok & Boulez: Works for Solo Violin

Bach, Bartok & Boulez: Works for Solo Violin


Bach, J S:

Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV1005

Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Boulez:

Anthèmes

Anthèmes 2


Michael Barenboim (violin)

Conceived like a solo recital, Michael Barenboim's first solo album features the works of three composers that have had a profound impact on his musical upbringing. On paper, these pieces could not seem any more different, but together they create an unexpectedly astonishing listening experience. J. S. Bach’s Sonata No. 3 for solo violin demands the greatest artistic and technical skills of the violinist and yet its melodic simplicity remains unmatched in its beauty. Béla Bartók’s Sonata Sz.117 was clearly inspired by Bach’s works for solo violin, carrying Bach’s ideas into the music of the 20th century. Filled with contrasts and yet bearing a uniquely poetic aura, the work is equally demanding for the violinist - if not more so - as the Bach. Finally, in his "Anthèmes", Pierre Boulez explores the boundaries of what can actually be played on the violin. The abstractness of Boulez's "Anthèmes 1" is surpassed by "Anthèmes 2", where live electronic elements that Boulez helped to develop at the IRCAM studios in Paris are added into the music. These two works create an entirely new sonic experience that serves as a musical frame for this exceptionally unique and extraordinary recording.

“Four interrelated masterpieces constitute this unaccompanied violin recital. ...Barenboim’s ripe-toned playing is as meticulous, spontaneous and concentrated as his lineage suggests” Sunday Times, 12th March 2017

“Barenboim makes it all sound easy, though, with performances spilling over with life and drama. Every work's soul has been ignited and revealed, every second telling a story, all unmarred by a single glitch in intonation or articulation.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2017

“This unusual programme demands the kind of disciplined virtuosity that Michael Barenboim (son of David) has in spaces. His performances, flawlessly reproduced, are utterly persuasive and compelling. He has Boulez’s first-hand approval of his interpretation of the theatrical gestures of Anthèmes I & II and gives strikingly authoritative accounts, skilfully supported in Anthèmes II by Jeremie Henrot’s electronics” The Strad, April 2017

“Apart from the extensive range of technique that Michael Barenboim effortlessly realises, the confidence and maturity of the musical language [in the Boulez] is stunning, and often harmonically and texturally beautiful” BBC Music Magazine, June 2017 ***

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Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Ivry Gitlis (violin)

Romanian Folk Dances for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68

Henryk Szeryng (violin)

Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Leonid Kogan (violin)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102 No. 1

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2

Pierre Fournier (cello)

String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4

Amadeus Quartet

String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6

Amadeus Quartet

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Paul Tortelier (cello)

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Henryk Szeryng (violin)

Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Istomin-Stern-Rose Trio

Debussy:

Beau Soir

Leonid Kogan (violin)

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Christian Ferras (violin)

Handel:

Sonata in E major for violin and continuo, HWV373, Op. 1 No. 15

Leonid Kogan (violin)

Leclair, J-M:

Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 9 No. 3

Henryk Szeryng (violin)

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Arthur Grumiaux (violin)

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Isaac Stern (violin)

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Isaac Stern (violin)

Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261

Isaac Stern (violin)

Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C, K373

Nathan Milstein (violin)

String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major, K458 'The Hunt'

Amadeus Quartet

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516

Amadeus Quartet

Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Paganini:

Caprice for solo violin, Op. 1 No. 14 in E flat major

Arthur Grumiaux (violin)

Prokofiev:

Sinfonia Concertante in E minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 125

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Ravel:

Tzigane

Henryk Szeryng (violin)

Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Ivry Gitlis (violin)

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Christian Ferras (violin)

Stravinsky:

Violin Concerto in D

Christian Ferras (violin)

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Ivry Gitlis (violin)


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Bartók: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2, Sonata for Solo Violin

Bartók: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2, Sonata for Solo Violin


Bartók:

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

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

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

Zoltán Kocsis (piano)

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117


Hungaroton are proud to release the next edition in their Bartók ‘New Series’. Again the magic combination of Zoltán Kocsis and Barnabás Kelemen comes to the fore with an award-winning performance of the Violin and Piano Sonatas.

“Kelemen and Kocsis can claim the best virtues of all [earlier] versions and add to them extra quotas of fire, intensity and a clinching sense of being rooted in the right soil, something that no other recordings achieve to quite the same degree...They don't come any better than Kelemen and Kocsis, and to have all three masterpieces on a single 76-minute SACD is an added bonus.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“These performances etch the light and shade of this music with such a range of tone, and a real eye (and ear) for detail, but always with longer-term musical goals in sight. In the Sonata for Solo Violin Kelemen continues to greatly impress...These are enormously rewarding performances, captured in good sound” International Record Review, May 2013

“Kelemen and Zoltan Kocsis respond with almost improvisatory spontaneity to Bartok's rhapsodic invention, yet ensure that the structural integrity of this tough and intellectually challenging music is never compromised. The playing is probing and impassioned” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 *****

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Winner - Chamber

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Bartok, Strauss & Grieg: Violin Sonatas

Bartok, Strauss & Grieg: Violin Sonatas


Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Grieg:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 8

Strauss, R:

Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18


Vilde Frang (violin) & Michail Lifits (piano)

One of the leading young soloists to emerge from Scandinavia in recent years, noted particularly for her superb musical expression, as well as her well-developed virtuosity and musicality.

Young Norwegian violinist, Vilde Frang brings together a diverse, yet complimentary selection of sonatas for her second EMI Classics release. The recording is available on CD and digital download from 7° March, 2011.

The youthful, spirited Grieg: Violin Sonata No.1 in F Major, Op. 8 and Richard Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18 are paired with Bartók’s technically challenging, musically complex Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117. Frang frequently performs the later, which Bartók composed as an homage to Bach, with the Strauss in concert. Vilde is joined by pianist Michail Lifits for this recording

Vilde’s debut recording, Sibelius and Prokofiev: Violin Concertos at 22, received wide-spread critical acclaim. The Financial Times wrote “rarely has this music sounded so tender, so intimate or so lyrical” while Independent Record Review called her “prodigiously gifted”. Vilde has been compared to a young Anne-Sophie Mutter, her mentor, with whom she often performs.

“Frang is clearly a new star in the violin firmament” The Guardian

“In Grieg’s youthful Sonata in F she’s feisty and poetic as the mood turns, with effortless flourishes. Strauss’s equally youthful Sonata in E billows with prodigal invention...[The Bartok is] strongly dispatched with plenty of muscle and heart. Adroit, impassioned, never shallow, Frang is the real thing.” The Times, 12th March 2011 ****

“Vilde Frang's micro-sensitive responses to dynamic, articulation and phrasing...prove a revelation in the heady opulence of the Strauss, which has never sounded so urgently seductive or expressively supple on disc...Finest of all is Bartók's fiendishly demanding Solo Sonata, a virtuoso minefield of technical and musical ingenuity which Frang negotiates with an unflinching sense of musical direction.” Classic FM Magazine, May 2011 *****

“Though Frang's tone generally appears quite light and silvery, she has ample reserves, and none of the climactic moments [in the Strauss] disappoint......In the Bartók I was immediately struck by Frang's fine rhythmic sense and varied tonal palette. Her playing has the necessary physicality for Bartók, without ever appearing forced...overall it's a top-class performance and, indeed, the whole programme is clearly a winner.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

“This is a singularly impressive recital, both for the choice of music - a mixed programme that works very well as a continuous listen...in which the performances are really quite compelling. Such commanding interpretations are made the more so by the musicians being ideally recorded...This is a spectacularly fine disc of unhackneyed repertoire in richly expressive performances.” International Record Review, April 2011

“Frang plays with astonishing dexterity and musicianship, putting paid to the notion that only Hungarian musicians can play Bartok with any real understanding. This is a quite compelling performance.” Muso Magazine, April/May 2011 *****

GGramophone Awards 2011

Finalist - Chamber

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Bartok - Violin Sonatas

Bartok - Violin Sonatas


Bartók:

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

with Ewa Kupiec (piano)

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

with Ewa Kupiec (piano)

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

with Florent Boffard (piano)

Rhapsody for Viola & Piano No. 1, Sz.86

with Florent Boffard (piano)

Rhapsody for Violin & Piano No. 2, BB 96a, Sz. 89

with Florent Boffard (piano)


“…outstanding…full of grit and fantasy” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010

GGramophone Awards 1997

Winner - Young Artist of the Year

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Ruggiero Ricci - Violin Sonatas

Ruggiero Ricci - Violin Sonatas


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004

Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV1001

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:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a

Carlo Bussotti (piano)

Sonata in D major for solo violin, Op. 115

Stravinsky:

Elegy, for solo violin


Ruggiero Ricci has enjoyed a variegated and colourful discography on Decca and these recordings, are, apart from Prokofiev’s Second Violin Sonata, all comprised of music for solo violin. The Bach pieces date from 1957 London sessions and the 20th-century pieces were recorded three years later at Victoria Hall in Geneva. Tully Potter’s perceptive liner notes include material from an interview with the violinist, who offers interesting perspective on recording venues and corrects an error in the Decca discographical information about the recording of the Prokofiev Second Violin Sonata with Bussotti, which was recorded at his home in New Jersey. It makes its first release on CD, while several of the solo works are released internationally on CD for the first time.

[Prokofiev] “Ricci’s intonation is faultless throughout (which is more than can be said of many fiddlers), his tone is sweet and warm, and his technique carries him without a qualm over the most taxing difficulties… [His] elegance stands him in good stead in the Prokofiev, where his partner at the piano also distinguishes himself by some most artistic leggiero playing. The toy-like Scherzo could scarcely be bettered by any other violin-and-piano team.” Gramophone

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Point Counter Point


Bach, J S:

Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV1005

Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Fulmer:

Sirens


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Signs, Games & Messages

Signs, Games & Messages

Solo Violin Works by Bartók & Kurtág


Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Kurtág:

Signs, Games and Messages, for strings


Simon Smith (violin)

Renowned British violinist and pedagogue Simon Smith makes his Resonus debut with an extraordinary disc of intensely virtuosic works for unaccompanied violin by two Hungarian composers – the late Sonata for Solo Violin by Belá Bartók and Signs, Games & Messages by living composer György Kurtág, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

The idiomatic and skilful writing for solo violin by both of these composers shows the immense range possible on this instrument, taking the performer to the edge of what’s possible. Often lyrical and expressive, often dramatic and atmospheric with folk influences, Simon Smith tackles this repertoire with great dedication and panache.

“[Smith’s] thoughtful, sympathetic performances discern the unique qualities of each [piece]…it is a compelling reading with a firm point of view [and his] strong, clear sound is superbly captured in a space that accentuates the disc’s existential aura of one human alone with little but his own consciousness for company” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2016

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Bartók by Arrangement: Music for Viola

Bartók by Arrangement: Music for Viola


Bartók:

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

Péter Nagy (piano)

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Péter Nagy (piano)

Rhapsody for Viola & Piano No. 1, Sz.86

Divertimento Budapest


Vidor Nagy (viola)

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Bartók: Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Bartók: Complete Works for Violin and Piano


Bartók:

Andante in A major, DD 70, BB 26

Piano Sonata, BB 88, Sz. 80

Rhapsody for Violin & Piano No. 1, BB 94a, Sz. 86

Rhapsody for Violin & Piano No. 2, BB 96a, Sz. 89

Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (arr. Székely for violin & piano)

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

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

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


Tanja Becker-Bender (violin) & Péter Nagy (piano)

Tanja Becker-Bender, one of Germany’s most distinguished violinists, already has a number of critically acclaimed CDs of absorbing repertoire to her credit. Her collaboration with the Hungarian pianist Péter Nagy over many years has borne musical fruits of remarkable quality, as this Bartók recording so impressively demonstrates.

“Beginning with the First Rhapsody is a cunning move: not only does it demonstrate Tanja Becker-Bender’s engagement with the folk style of string playing, but also it eases the ear in gently to the more acerbic harmonies and sophisticated musical arguments of the First Violin Sonata. Here, she and pianist Peter Nagy characterise the free-flowing, rhapsodic substance of the opening movement with complete assurance, and her palette of tone colours is dazzling and well-chosen.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2016 ****

“Pianist Péter Nagy holds the high musical standard with a memorable performance of the Piano Sonata, so often a vehicle for percussive overkill but which in this context is full of differing grades of tone and colour, especially in the finale” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

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