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Bartók: Chamber Works for Violin - 44 Duos, Contrasts & Sonatina / James Ehnes, violin; Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; Michael Collins, clarinet; Andrew Armstrong, piano

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
>Bartók, Béla : Sonatina for violin & piano (ar. from piano work by E.Gertler with Bartok's approval), Sz. 55
>Bartók, Béla : Duos (44) for 2 violins, Volumes 1-4, Sz. 98
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti are fully the equal of even their most illustrious rivals, their playing varied and characterful enough to make listening to any of the four books of Duos at a single sitting a real pleasure. A lovely programme.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti naturally have far more technique in their pinky fingers alone than is needed to play this music flawlessly, and they produce gorgeous sounds and are obviously very well rehearsed and simpatico. I enjoyed this duo's polish and nuance. These are certainly among the very best recordings of both works. Ehnes's playing in Contrasts is tonally dark and very nuanced and suits the music beautifully. Michael Collins plays the clarinet part again as he did in the wonderful recording he made with Martha Argerich. The Sonatina is a tuneful, exhibitionist work designed to please the gallery, and Ehnes and his pianist Andrew Armstrong pull out all the stops and certainly please me.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2014
James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti make the best possible case for experiencing the entire cycle in one whole sweep. They maximise the amount of colour that can be squeezed out of the simplest two-part writing and sustain vibrant musical dialogue throughout. More importantly, both artists manage to encapsulate an amazing variety of moods.

James Ehnes builds on his reputation as a formidable Bartók interpreter with this third disc in his universally praised series devoted to chamber works by the great Hungarian composer. In a diverse program the Sonatina from 1915 is heard together with the eclectic Forty-four Duos for two violins and Contrasts, a dazzling work full of exuberant virtuosity, in which he is joined by Michael Collins, renowned as one of the world's leading clarinetists.

The Telegraph, 19th June 2014
Ehnes and Moretti possess precisely the degree of finesse required to bring both piquancy and a sense of stylish panache to the music here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk.



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); Michael Collins (Clarinet); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/18/2012-06/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonatina for violin & piano (ar. from piano work by E.Gertler with Bartok's approval), Sz. 55
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Duos (44) for 2 violins, Volumes 1-4, Sz. 98
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/18/2012-06/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931