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Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin Vol 3 / Ehnes

Release Date: 06/24/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10820   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  James EhnesAndrew ArmstrongAmy Schwartz MorettiMichael Collins
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

James Ehnes presents his third album of chamber works by Bartók. The previous volumes have, along with his outstanding concerto disc, established his formidable reputation as a Bartók interpreter. Here Ehnes is joined by the pianist Andrew Armstrong, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, and Michael Collins, one of the world’s leading clarinettists.

The Sonatina, originally composed in 1915 for piano, was based on melodies which Bartók had collected during expeditions in Transylvania. The transcription for violin and piano heard here was produced ten years later by a young student of Bartók’s, Endre Gertler.

Bartók composed Contrasts in 1938 for the jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman
Read more and violinist Joseph Szigeti, who originally had requested a work in two movements, each with a cadenza for one of the featured instruments. Fulfilling this request, Bartók added a central slow movement, entitled ‘PihenÅ‘’ (Relaxation). The opening movement, ‘Verbunkos’, alludes to a march-like Hungarian military recruiting dance. The finale, entitled ‘Sebes’ (Quick), is a lively romp at the heart of which lies an unexpected episode of haunting calmness.

Besides writing for such outstanding musicians as Szigeti and Goodman, Bartók composed a lot of music for students, including the Forty-four Duos for two violins recorded here. These short pieces take material from a remarkably wide array of folk traditions and interlink the styles and culture of diverse peoples. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonatina for Violin and Piano, BB 102a by Béla Bartók
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Andrew Armstrong (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: c1930 
Duets (44) for 2 Violins, Sz 98 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Amy Schwartz Moretti (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary 
Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Michael Collins (Clarinet), Andrew Armstrong (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Budapest, Hungary 

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