- Sonata for violin solo, Sz. 117, BB 124 (edited by Yehudi Menhuin)
- Violin Concerto No. 1, H. 232bis
- Violin Concerto No. 2, H. 293
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Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann is not a household name, but he has become a fixture of the BIS label's stable and has successfully recorded a variety of repertory from Beethoven to the 20th century. This 2020 release of music by Martinu and Bartók plays to his strengths, to his ability to combine great virtuosity (the cadenza in the first movement of the Martinu "Violin Concerto No. 2" is a barn-burner) with a sensitive modulation of his playing to the repertory at hand. The two Martinu concertos are a case in point. The more popular of the pair is the "Violin Concerto No. 2," with its juxtaposition of graceful tunes in the violin part against tougher material in the orchestra. Zimmermann delivers a lyrical performance that anyone can enjoy. The "Violin Concerto No. 1," premiered late due to creative differences between the composer and his commissioner, Samuel Dushkin, remains less-often played, but Zimmermann and the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jakub Hruša make a very strong case for it. It's in a Stravinskian mode, and Zimmermann brings the required astringency while still catching what's distinctive in the characteristic Martinu finale: the composer extends Stravinsky's language into a unique series of little harmonic nodes. The curtain is brought down by Bartók's "Sonata for solo violin" of 1944, also underplayed and something of an homage to Bach's solo violin sonatas. Well recorded as usual by BIS in Bamberg's symphony hall, this is absorbing from start to finish.
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