Bartok: Violin Concertos / Kovács

Release Date: 6/11/2021
Label: Doremi
Catalog Number: DHR-8121-4
Number of Discs: 4
Length: 293 Minutes

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$75.99
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Born April 18, 1930, Dénes Kovács began violin lessons at six. At fourteen, he began his studies at Budapest's Liszt Academy in the class of Ede Zathureczky. Graduating in 1951, he began his professional career, playing first in the army's Central Arts Ensemble, and for a decade, leader of the Hungarian Opera House Orchestra. In 1955, he took first prize in the Carl Flesch competition in London, inaugurating an international career that lasted for the rest of his life. He performed widely and recorded the great works of the violin: Concertos, chamber and solo repertoire from the baroque period to the present, including all the Beethoven sonatas and string trios, Bach's sonatas & partitas for solo violin, Bartok's works for violin, and many concertos by his Hungarian contemporaries. He began teaching at the Liszt Academy of Music in 1957, becoming head of the violin department in 1959, and professor five years later. He was appointed Rector of the Academy in 1968. His contributions to music were abundantly recognized in Hungary, including the Liszt Prize, (1955, 1958), the Kossuth Prize (1963), and the Béla Bartók - Ditta Pásztory Prize (1989, 2000). In 1970 he was named Eminent Artist of the Hungarian People's Republic. Denes Kovacs played on a violin made by Guarneri del Gesú in 1742. He passed away on February 11, 2005.

Works on This Recording
1. Violin Concerto No. 2, BB 117 by Béla Bartók
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Conductor: András Kórodi
Written: 1938 ;
2. Rhapsody No. 1, BB 94b by Béla Bartók
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Conductor: János Ferencsik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
3. Rhapsody No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra, BB 96b (original 1928 version) by Béla Bartók
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Conductor: János Ferencsik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1928 ;
4. Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124 by Béla Bartók
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Written: 1944 ;
5. Violin Concertino by Frigyes Hidas
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Conductor: Gyorgy Lehel
Written: 1957 ;
6. Violin Concerto by Gyula David
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Conductor: Ervin Lukács
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1966 ;
7. Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 32 by Pal Kadosa
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Conductor: Tamas Breitner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1941 ;
8. Violin Concerto by András Mihály
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin), Endre Petri (Piano)
Conductor: Ervin Lukács
Written: 1959 ;
9. Adagio for Violin and Piano by Zoltán Kodály
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin), Helene Boschi (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
10. Violin Concerto No. 1, BB 48a by Béla Bartók
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Conductor: András Kórodi
Written: 1908 ;
11. Violin Concerto No. 2, BB 117 by Béla Bartók
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Conductor: János Ferencsik
Written: 1938 ;
12. Violin Sonata No. 1 by Mihaly Hajdu
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin), Endre Petri (Piano)
Written: 1953 ;
13. Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 by Ernő Dohnányi
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin), Karoly Botvay (Cello), Laszlo Barsony (Viola)
Written: 1902 ;
14. Concerto semplice (Ricordanze II) by Istvan Sarkozy
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Conductor: András Kórodi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1973 ;
15. Violin Concertino by Antal Ribary
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin)
Conductor: Miklos Erdelyi
Written: 1965 ;
16. Violin Sonata by Gyula David
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin), Loránt Szűcs (Piano)
Written: 1968 ;
17. Rhapsody No. 1, BB 94a by Béla Bartók
Performer: Dénes Kovács (Violin), Helene Boschi (Piano)
Written: 1928 ;
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