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Bartók: Complete Works for Violin, Vol. 2 - Sonata for solo violin; 44 Duos for 2 violins / Antal Zalai; Valery Oistrakh

Audio Samples

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
>Bartók, Béla : Duos (44) for 2 violins, Volumes 1-4, Sz. 98

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
>Bartók, Béla : Duos (44) for 2 violins, Volumes 1-4, Sz. 98
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Notes & Reviews:

The second installment of Antal Zalai's complete Bartók violin edition centers on the monumental Sonata for Solo Violin. The work is a landmark of the 20th century where contrapuntal and fugal writing, folkloristic elements, and the unique harmonic and rhythmic language of Bartók fuse into a work of intense expression. The 44 Duos for Two Violins serve as a foil for the Sonata, performed with wit, irony, and folksy color by Zalai and Valery Oistrakh.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The readings of the Duos are a bit more satisfying. They are well characterized; but again, Andras Keller and Janos Pilz take the prize (Nov/Dec 2002). Their rhythms are more elastic and propulsive, and their characterizations are even more sharply etched.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westvestkerk, Schiedam, The Netherlands (11/30/2011-12/01/2011).



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
  • Performer: Antal Szalai (Violin)
  • Notes: Westvestkerk, Schiedam, The Netherlands (11/30/2011-12/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Duos (44) for 2 violins, Volumes 1-4, Sz. 98
  • Performers: Antal Szalai (Violin); Valeri Oistrakh (Violin)
  • Notes: Westvestkerk, Schiedam, The Netherlands (11/30/2011-12/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931