Bartok: Complete Works for Violin Vol. 2

Bartok: Complete Works for Violin Vol. 2
Composer Béla Bartók
Artist Antal Zalai violin
Valery Oistrakh violin
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 9270
EAN code 5029365927024
Release June 2012

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Béla Bartók (1881–1945) is considered by many to be the greatest Hungarian composer, as well as one of the most significant musical voices of the 20th century. Self-taught and originally trained as a pianist, he wrote in a number of genres for a variety of different instruments; his works for violin, two of which make up this release, rank among his finest achievements.
This exciting follow-up to Antal Zalai’s previous recording of Bartók’s early works and transcriptions for violin, performed with József Balog, begins with the composer’s Sonata for solo violin of 1944 – a monumental expression of his compositional mastery and defiant will in the face of death. Written for Yehudi Menuhin, a notable interpreter of the Hungarian’s compositions, the work draws on the music of J.S. Bach through its chaconne and fugue-based movements, representing a veritable exercise in the most complex virtuosity.
With ferocity and intensity dominating the sonata, the 44 Duos for two violins that follow offer a stark contrast in character. From the chitinous whirrings of the ‘Mosquito Dance’ to the oriental passion of
the ‘Arabian Song’, these concise studies not only allow Bartók’s love of Hungarian folk song to come to the fore, they also cater for beginners as well as the most highly skilled performers. They are a charming conclusion to a collection that, containing expert performances from two of the world’s leading violinists, brims with colour and traverses the full range of violin techniques.

Other Information:
- Recorded in 2011 in The Netherlands.
- Follows Brilliant Classics’ engaging volume 1 release of Bartok’s Complete Works for Violin (9236), performed by Antal Zalai and József Balog.
- Zalai proves a worthy successor in the line of the great Hungarian violinists, such as Joseph Szigeti and Zoltán Szekely
- Includes comprehensive booklet notes on each work.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata for solo violin, Sz. 117: I. Tempo di ciaccona
  2. Sonata for solo violin, Sz. 117: II. Fuga
  3. Sonata for solo violin, Sz. 117: III. Melodia
  4. Sonata for solo violin, Sz. 117: IV. Presto
  5. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 1: Párosító (Matchmaking Song)
  6. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 2: Kalamajkó (Maypole Dance)
  7. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 3: Menuetto
  8. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 4: Szentivánéji (Midsummer Night Song)
  9. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 5: Tót Nóta (Slovakian Song) (1)
  10. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 6: Magyar Nóta (Hungarian Song) (1)
  11. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 7: Oláh Nóta (Walachian Song)
  12. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 8: Tót Nóta (Slovakian Song) (2)
  13. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 9: Játék (Play Song)
  14. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 10: Rutén Nóta (Ruthenian Song)
  15. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 11: Gyermekrengetéskor (Cradle Song)
  16. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 12: Szénagyüjtéskor (Hay Song)
  17. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 13: Lakodalmas (Wedding Song)
  18. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book I: No. 14: Párnás Tánc (Pillow Dance)
  19. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 15: Katonanóta (Soldier’s Song)
  20. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 16: Burleszk (Burlesque)
  21. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 17: Menetelo˝ Nóta (Hungarian March) (1)
  22. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 18: Menetelo˝ Nóta (Hungarian March) (2)
  23. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 19: Mese (A Fairy Tale)
  24. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 20: Dal (A Rhythm Song)
  25. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 21: Újévköszönto˝ (New Year’s Greeting) (1)
  26. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 22: Szunyogtánc (Mosquito Dance)
  27. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 23: Menyasszonybúcsúztató (Bride’s Farewell)
  28. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 24: Tréfás Nóta (Comic Song)
  29. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book II: No. 25: Magyar Nóta (Hungarian Song) (2)
  30. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 26: „Ugyan Édes Komámasszony…“ (Teasing Song)
  31. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 27: Sánta-Tánc (Limping Dance)
  32. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 28: Bánkódás (Sorrow)
  33. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 29: Újévköszönto˝ (New Year’s Greeting) (2)
  34. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 30: Újévköszönto˝ (New Year’s Greeting) (3)
  35. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 31: Újévköszönto˝ (New Year’s Greeting) (4)
  36. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 32: Máramarosi Tánc (Dance from Máramaros)
  37. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 33: Aratáskor (Harvest Song)
  38. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 34: Számláló Nóta (Enumerating Song)
  39. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 35: Rutén Kolomejka (Ruthenian Kolomeika)
  40. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book III: No. 36: Szól a Duda (Bagpipes)
  41. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book IV: No. 37: Preludium és Kánon (Prelude and Canon)
  42. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book IV: No. 38: Forgatós (Rumanian Whirling Dance)
  43. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book IV: No. 39: Szerb Tánc (Serbian Dance)
  44. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book IV: No. 40: Oláh Tánc (Walachian Dance)
  45. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book IV: No. 41: Scherzo
  46. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book IV: No. 42: Arab Dal (Arabian Song)
  47. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book IV: No. 43: Pizzicato
  48. 44 Duos for two violins, Sz. 98, Book IV: No. 44: „Erdélyi“ Tánz (Transylvanian Dance)