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Khachaturian, Bartók: Violin Concertos / Haendel

> Violin Concerto - I. Allegro con fermezza
> Violin Concerto - II. Andante sostenuto
> Violin Concerto - III. Allegro vivace
> Violin Concerto No. 2, BB 117 - I. Allegro non troppo
> Violin Concerto No. 2, BB 117 - II. Andante tranquillo
> Violin Concerto No. 2, BB 117 - III. Allegro molto

Album Summary

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Ida Haendel remains an exception among violinists - no other great violinist has enjoyed so long and successful a stage career. While she has had an enduring concert career, her recordings are relatively few, making rarities like this disc all the more valuable. This is the 3rd and final CD featuring the unpublished recordings of Ida Haendel to appear on hännsler CLASSIC's SWR historic series.

"Khachaturian seems somehow beneath her dignity and Bartok’s second concerto too abrasive for her late-romantic temperament. Well, think again. These 1960s radio performances from Stuttgart with a house orchestra under the capable Hans Müller-Kray demonstrate how a great artist takes ownership of a piece of music and reconceives it in her own image. The overlong, overly realistic first movement of the Khachturian passes in a flash of virtuosic fireworks, yielding to a sentimental andante that stops just short of schmaltz and a finale that she carries off like a tightrope walker who refuses to recognise that the rope beneath her is made of very thin material. In Bartók, Haendel finds constant beauty. She makes the opening melody singable and the whole of this 1939 creation coherent with anxiety and regret. At the edge of tonality, her intonation offers promise of resolution. Less anguished than Menuhin, less gymnastic than present-day performers, she cuts right to the heart of the work. This is demonstration-quality playing, unmissable for any lover of the violin." -La Scena Musicale



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Works Details

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: Ida Haendel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Hans Müller-Kray
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940.
  • Running Time: 36 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1940

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Sz. 112, BB 117
  • Performer: Ida Haendel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Hans Müller-Kray
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 40 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1937-1938