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

Audio Samples

  1. Bartók — Violin Sonata, BB 124: I. Tempo di ciaccona $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bartók — Violin Sonata, BB 124: II. Fuga. Risoluto, non troppo vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bartók — Violin Sonata, BB 124: III. Melodia. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bartók — Violin Sonata, BB 124: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bartók — Violin Sonata in E Minor, BB 28: I. Allegro moderato (Molto rubato) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bartók — Violin Sonata in E Minor, BB 28: II. Andante
  7. Bartók — Violin Sonata in E Minor, BB 28: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bartók — Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 109: No. 1. Andante - Un poco piu lento [Arr. T. Orszagh from For Children, Vol. 2, No. 34] $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bartók — Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 109: No. 2. Allegretto [Arr. T. Orszagh from For Children, Vol. 2, No. 36] $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bartók — Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 109: No. 3. Lento, ma non troppo [Arr. T. Orszagh from For Children, Vol. 1, No. 17] $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bartók — Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 109: No. 4. Allegro [Arr. T. Orszagh from For Children, Vol. 2, No. 31] $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bartók — Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 109: No. 5. Lento, poco rubato [Arr. T. Orszagh from For Children, Vol. 1, No. 16] $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bartók — Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 109: No. 6. Allegretto [Arr. T. Orszagh from For Children, Vol. 1, No. 14] $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bartók — Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 109: No. 7. Allegretto, scherzando [Arr. T. Orszagh from For Children, Vol. 1, No. 19] $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bartók — Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 109: No. 8. Sostenuto - Allegro - Adagio [Arr. T. Orszagh from For Children, Vol. 1, No. 8] $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bartók — Magyar nepdalok (Hungarian Folksongs), BB 109: No. 9. Allegro robusto [Arr. T. Orszagh from For Children, Vol. 1, No. 21] $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bartók — For Children, BB 53: No. 1. Parlando (Based On Hungarian Folk Tunes, Arr. J. Szigeti for Violin and Piano from For Children, Vol. 2, No. 28) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bartók — For Children, BB 53: No. 2. Andante non molto (Based On Hungarian Folk Tunes, Arr. J. Szigeti for Violin and Piano from For Children, Vol. 1, No. 18) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bartók — For Children, BB 53: No. 3. Allegro vivace (Based On Hungarian Folk Tunes, Arr. J. Szigeti for Violin and Piano from For Children, Vol. 2, No. 42) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bartók — For Children, BB 53: No. 4. Andante sostenuto (Based On Hungarian Folk Tunes, Arr. J. Szigeti for Violin and Piano from For Children, Vol. 2, No. 33) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bartók — For Children, BB 53: No. 5. Allegro (Based On Hungarian Folk Tunes, Arr. J. Szigeti for Violin and Piano from For Children, Vol. 1, No. 6) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bartók — For Children, BB 53: No. 6. Andante (Based On Hungarian Folk Tunes, Arr. J. Szigeti for Violin and Piano from For Children, Vol. 1, No. 13) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Bartók — For Children, BB 53: No. 7. Poco vivace (Based On Hungarian Folk Tunes, Arr. J. Szigeti for Violin and Piano from For Children, Vol. 2, No. 38) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Bartók — Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68: No. 1. Jocul cu bata [Stick Dance, Arr. Z. Szekely] $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Bartók — Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68: No. 2. Braul [Sash Dance, Arr. Z. Szekely] $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Bartók — Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68: No. 3. Pe loc [In One Place, Arr. Z. Szekely] $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Bartók — Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68: No. 4. Buciumeana [Horn Dance, Arr. Z. Szekely] $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Bartók — Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68: No. 5. Poarga Romaneasca [Romanian Polka, Arr. Z. Szekely] $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Bartók — Roman nepi tancok (Romanian Folk Dances), BB 68: No. 6. Maruntel [Fast Dance, Arr. Z. Szekely] $0.99 on iTunes

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: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • 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: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • 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