Notes & Reviews:
Two Icelandic violinists offer the complete duos for two violins by Bela Bartok, written in 1931. The purpose of the duos was to provide young musicians with structured technical studies and to introduce young players to folk music. On this recording they are performed in the order suggested by Bartok.
American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Bela Bartok wrote his 44 Violin Duos in 1931 at the request of the German violin pedagogue Erich Doflein. His purpose in writing these pieces was to introduce music students to different sounds than they would be accustomed to making from exposure to the conventional instructional repertoire. They are written so they can be played by beginners and more advanced students, and they make no special technical demands. But they are very fine works that are much more enjoyable to listen to than most pedagogical works. They are also worthy of the attention of seasoned, professional performers.
Recording information: Sigurjón Olafsson Museum (08/2005).
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Works DetailsBéla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Duos (44) for 2 violins, Volumes 1-4, Sz. 98, BB 104
- Ensemble: Duo Landon
- Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1931