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Bartok: Complete Works For Violin Vol 3 - Sonatas & Rhapsodies / Zalai, Balog


Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9276  
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Antal ZalaiJózsef Balog
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the first half of the 20th century, Be?la Barto?k was one of the principal ambassadors of Hungarian music. He was influenced by the folk music of Eastern Europe and strove to break the confines of the traditions of Western Classical music, in order to create harmonies, rhythms and performance practices that were more relevant to his turbulent era.

While the two sonatas differ in their relation to the Classical model, the influence of Eastern Europe can be heard in both: the arpeggios at the beginning of No.1 imitate the sound of the Hungarian cimbalom, and there is evidence of Hungarian folk music in its dance?like finale as well as in the hor lunga?style melody of the Romanian peasant music in No.2, which recurs several
Read more times throughout the piece. The two Rhapsodies similarly share the influence; the slow ‘Lassu?’ movement of No.1, for example, uses an exotic Transylvanian melody followed by a much more cheerful ‘Friss’ movement.

Exoticism returns in the ‘Lassu?’ of No.2, ALSOAVAILABLE: combined with a hint of melancholy, which is counteracted by the riotous dance of the ‘Friss’ thanks to its improvisatory nature and use of six separate tunes. The disc features Antal Zalai, praised by Igor Oistrakh as ‘an exceptional violinist who has a perfect technique, beautiful large tone, real musical finesse and maturity as well as a noble personality’. Joining him is Jo?zsef Balog, one of the most celebrated pianists of his generation and winner of the 2005 Annie Fischer Award.

OTHER INFORMATION:
* Recorded in 2012.
* Contains liner notes on the composer and works.
* Contains artist biographies. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2, Sz 76 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Antal Zalai (Violin), József Balog (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1, Sz 75 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Antal Zalai (Violin), József Balog (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Rhapsody for Violin and Piano no 2, Sz 89 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Antal Zalai (Violin), József Balog (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Budapest, Hungary 
4.
Rhapsody for Violin and Piano no 1, Sz 86 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Antal Zalai (Violin), József Balog (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Budapest, Hungary 

Sound Samples

Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano, BB 94a: I. Lassu: Moderato
Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano, BB 94a: II. Friss: Allegretto moderato
Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85: I. Molto moderato
Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85: II. Allegretto
Rhapsody No. 2 for Violin and Piano, BB 96a: I. Lassu: Moderato
Rhapsody No. 2 for Violin and Piano, BB 96a: II. Friss: Allegro moderato
Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84: I. Allegro appassionato
Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84: II. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84: III. Allegro

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