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Bartók - Music for Solo Violin & Violin and Piano [SACD]

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    Bartók - Music for Solo Violin & Violin and Piano



    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 19.0002 to the magnificently disciplined Sonata for Violin Solo, written in 19.0044. 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 19.0002 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 19.0006, and Bartók published his piano pieces entitled “For Children” in 19.0009. In 19.0031 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 19.0044 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 19.0044 and subsequently edited the score for publication.

    Release date:
    29th Sept 2008
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