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BARTOK, B.: Violin Concerto No. 2 / Violin Sonata No. 1 (Menuhin) (1947, 1953)

Composer(s):Bartok, Bela
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertos
Catalogue 8.111336
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Yehudi Menuhin commissioned and gave the first performance of Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin and was an influential advocate of his music. This 1947 recording of the First Violin Sonata finds Menuhin in particularly intense and vivid form, his accomplishment equaled by Adolph Baller’s virtuosity and perceptive musicianship. Of the four studio recordings Menuhin made of the composer’s Second Violin Concerto, this 1953 rendition, while perhaps not flawless, certainly remains an unusually truthful and penetrating account of one of the twentieth century’s most magnificent, challenging and emotionally satisfying violin concertos.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,May 2009

Yehudi Menuhin was not a prolific champion of 20th century music, but was particularly associated with Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto, a work he recorded seven times. He was with the Hungarian conductor, Antal Dorati, for three of the four studio versions, but in 1953 settled his differences with the conductor, Wilhelm Furtwängler, who had stood accused of Nazi sympathies, and recorded this version for HMV. That he placed it on disc so often shows passion for a score that was only in the repertoire of a few soloists. Dorati showed a greater ability to capture the earthiness in the accompaniment, and by today’s standards the Philharmonia and Furtwängler would be taken to task on many counts. So far as Menuhin was concerned, he generally

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