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Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin Vol 3 / Ehnes

Bartok
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

1.
Sonatina for Violin and Piano, BB 102a by Béla Bartók
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Andrew Armstrong (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: c1930 
2.
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 
3.
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 

Sound Samples

Contrasts, BB 116: I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance): Moderato, ben ritmato
Contrasts, BB 116: II. Piheno (Relaxation): Lento
Contrasts, BB 116: III. Sebes (Fast Dance): Allegro vivace
Violin Sonatina, BB 102a (version by A. Gertier): I. Dudasok (Bagpipers): Allegretto
Violin Sonatina, BB 102a (version by A. Gertier): II. Medvetanc (Bear Dance): Moderato
Violin Sonatina, BB 102a (version by A. Gertier): III. Finale: Allegro vivace
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 1. Parosito (Teasing Song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 2. Kalamajko (Dance)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 3. Menuetto
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 4. Szentivaneji (Midsummer night song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 5. Tot nota 1 (Slovak song 1)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 6. Magyar nota (Hungarian song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 7. Olah Nota (Romanian song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 8. Tot nota 2 (Slovak song 2)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 9. Jatek (play)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 10. Ruten nota (Ruthenian song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 11. Gyermekrengeteskor (Lullaby)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 12. Szenagyujteskor (Hay-harvesting song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 13. Lakodalmas (Wedding song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 1: No. 14. Parnas tanc (Cushion dance)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 15. Katonanota (Soldier's song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 16. Burleszk (Burlesque)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 17. Menetelo nota 1 (Marching song 1)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 18. Menetelo nota 2 (Marching song 2)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 19. Mese (Fairy tale)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 20. Dal (Song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 21. Ujevkoszonto 1 (New Year's Greeting 1)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 22. Szunyogtanc (Mosquito dance)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 23. Menyasszony-bucsuztato (Wedding Song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 24. Trefas nota (Gay song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 2: No. 25. Magyar nota 2 (Hungarian song 2)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 26. Ugyan edes komamasszony... (Teasing song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 27. Santa tanc (Limping dance)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 28. Bankodas (Sorrow)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 29. Ujevkoszonto 2 (New year's greetings 2)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 30. Ujevkoszonto 3 (New year's greetings 3)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 31. Ujevkoszonto 4 (New year's greetings 4)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 32. Maramarosi tanc (Dance from Maramaros)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 33. Arataskor (Harvest song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 34. Szamlao nota (Counting song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 35. Ruten kolomejka (Ruthenian kolomejka)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 36. Szol a duda (Bagpipes)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 3: No. 36. Szol a duda - 2 Valtozata (Bagpipes - 2nd Variation)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 4: No. 37. Preludium es kanon (Prelude and canon)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 4: No. 38. Forgatos (Romanian whirling dance)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 4: No. 39. Szerb tanc (Serbian dance)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 4: No. 40. Olah tanc (Romanian dance)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 4: No. 41. Scherzo
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 4: No. 42. Arab dal (Arabian song)
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 4: No. 43. Pizzicato
44 Duos for 2 Violins, BB 104, Vol. 4: No. 44. Erdelyi tanc (Transylvanian dance)

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