Bartók: Works for Violin and Piano - Sonatas and Folk Dances / James Ehnes, violin; Andrew Armstrong, piano

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor
>Bartók, Béla : Hungarian Folksong
>Bartók, Béla : Hungarian Folk Tunes
>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Almost half a century earlier, Bartók had written his Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor. It was included in a concert given by graduating students of the Liszt Academy in June 1903, when a critic, most likely not realizing just how right he would prove, hailed Bartók as 'a phenomenal young genius, whose name today is known only to a few."

BBC Music Magazine, March 2013
Needless to say, the score [of the Solo Sonata] holds no terrors for Ehnes who delivers a magisterial performance...Ehnes and his excellent pianist, Andrew Armstrong, make the best possible case for reappraising the early Violin Sonata of 1903, dismissed by the composer as a mere apprentice work.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
Ehnes gives a stunning account of the Solo Sonata. The impression is that he's simply following all Bartok's meticulous direction...and adding nothing extra. If this seems boring, the effect is anything but: clarity of articulation, beauty of sound, the ease with which he surmounts the technical challenges, and deep understanding of the work's structure and character; all these combine to make a performance that's exciting and enthralling.

The Observer, 20th January 2013
Big toned yet poetic, Ehnes is a persuasive interpreter.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Tetzlaff, like Robert Mann, plays the quarter tones in the finale of the Solo Violin Sonata. I found myself enjoying Ehnes much more in the folk arrangements. Virtuosity, tone, and style are important in these; and Ehnes has all of that in spades. Good sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012).



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Hungarian Folksong :: "Debrecennek van egy vize", for voice & piano, Sz. 109, BB 109
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Hungarian Folk Tunes :: 1. Book 2 no 28. Parlando -
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Andrew Armstrong (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1918

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Hungarian Folk Tunes :: 1. Book 1 no 18. Andante non molto -
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1918

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Hungarian Folk Tunes :: 1. Book 2 no 42. Allegro vivace
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1918

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Hungarian Folk Tunes :: 2. Book 2 no 42. Allegro vivace
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Andrew Armstrong (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1918

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Hungarian Folk Tunes :: 2. Book 1 no 6. Allegro -
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1918

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Hungarian Folk Tunes :: 3. Book 1 no 13. Andante -
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1918

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Hungarian Folk Tunes :: 3. Book 2 no 38. Poco vivace
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1918

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/02/2012-06/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915