Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Viola Concerto; Rhapsodies Nos. 1 & 2

Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Viola Concerto; Rhapsodies Nos. 1 & 2

by Yehudi Menuhin
     
 

Compiled from recordings dating from 1965 to 1974, this EMI/Gemini double-disc of Bartók's string concertos and other works features Yehudi Menuhin at the peak of his powers, with support from two important Bartók specialists and their sympathetic orchestras. Menuhin is admirably backed in all the concertos by Antal Dorati and the See more details below

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Compiled from recordings dating from 1965 to 1974, this EMI/Gemini double-disc of Bartók's string concertos and other works features Yehudi Menuhin at the peak of his powers, with support from two important Bartók specialists and their sympathetic orchestras. Menuhin is admirably backed in all the concertos by Antal Dorati and the New Philharmonia Orchestra, and Pierre Boulez and the BBC Symphony Orchestra provide meticulous accompaniment in the two "Rhapsodies." The resilient "Viola Concerto" and the splendid "Violin Concerto No. 2" are essential listening, both for their masterful writing and for the vigorous performances Menuhin and Dorati deliver. The rest of the pieces are somewhat less compelling, and one may choose among them according to taste. The early "Violin Concerto No. 1" is attractive for its Romantic mystery and youthful ardor, though Menuhin's heavy vibrato seems a little too affected. The "Rhapsodies" are exotic and energetic and performed with great attention to color. Following the orchestral works, the six movements from the "Duos (44)" and the "Sonata for solo violin" may seem like unnecessary filler, yet some may appreciate these bracing pieces as an aural chaser. The analog recordings have been digitally remastered and sound remarkably fresh, with virtually no tape hiss to show their age.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724358548723
catalogNumber:
85487
Rank:
20320

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto (No. 1), Sz. 36, BB 48a  - Béla Bartók  - Antal Doráti  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Paul Mitchell
  2. Viola Concerto (completed in 1949 by Tibor Serly), Sz. 120, BB 128  - Béla Bartók  - Antal Doráti  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Paul Mitchell
  3. Rhapsody for violin & orchestra No. 1, Sz. 87, BB 94b: I. Lassú: Moderato - II. Friss: Allegretto moderat  - Béla Bartók  - Pierre Boulez  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Paul Mitchell
  4. Rhapsody for violin & orchestra No. 2, Sz. 90, BB 96b: I. Lassú: Moderato - II. Friss: Allegretto moderat  - Béla Bartók  - Pierre Boulez  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Paul Mitchell
  5. Violin Concerto (No. 2) in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117  - Béla Bartók  - Antal Doráti  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Paul Mitchell
  6. Sorrow (Bánkódás), duo for 2 violins (44 Duos Vol. 3/28), Sz. 98/28, BB 104/28  - Béla Bartók  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Paul Mitchell  - Neil Gotkovsky
  7. New Year's Greeting 4 (Újévköszönto IV), duo for 2 violins (44 Duos Vol. 3/31), Sz. 98/31, BB 104/31  - Béla Bartók  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Paul Mitchell  - Neil Gotkovsky
  8. Harvest Song (Aratáskor), duo for 2 violins (44 Duos Vol. 3/33), Sz. 98/33, BB 104/33  - Béla Bartók  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Paul Mitchell  - Neil Gotkovsky
  9. Bagpipes (Szól a duda), duo for 2 violins (44 Duos Vol. 3/36a), Sz. 98/36a, BB 104/36a  - Béla Bartók  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Paul Mitchell  - Neil Gotkovsky
  10. Scherzo, duo for 2 violins (44 Duos Vol. 4/41), Sz. 98/41, BB 104/41  - Béla Bartók  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Paul Mitchell  - Neil Gotkovsky
  11. Arabian Song (Arab dal), duo for 2 violins (44 Duos Vol. 4/42), Sz. 98/42, BB 104/42  - Béla Bartók  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Paul Mitchell  - Neil Gotkovsky
  12. Sonata for violin solo, Sz. 117, BB 124 (edited by Yehudi Menhuin)  - Béla Bartók  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Paul Mitchell

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