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Bartók: Violin Concertos 1 & 2 - Viola Concerto - Rhapsodies 1 & 2 [Original recording remastered]

Yehudi Menuhin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, New Philharmonia Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Composer: Bela Bartok
  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000CE7FG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Violin Concerto No.1 (1991 - Remaster): I. Andante sostenutoYehudi Menuhin/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Antal Dorati 8:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Violin Concerto No.1 (1991 - Remaster): II. Allegro giocosoYehudi Menuhin/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Antal Dorati12:57Album Only
Listen  3. Viola Concerto, Sz.120 (1991 - Remaster): I. ModeratoAntal Dorati/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin12:50Album Only
Listen  4. Viola Concerto, Sz.120 (1991 - Remaster): II. Adagio religiosoAntal Dorati/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Viola Concerto, Sz.120 (1991 - Remaster): III. Allegro vivaceAntal Dorati/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rhapsody No. 1, Sz.87 (1991 - Remaster)Yehudi Menuhin/BBC Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Boulez11:30Album Only
Listen  7. Rhapsody No. 2, Sz.90 (1991 - Remaster)Yehudi Menuhin/BBC Symphony Orchestra/Pierre Boulez12:29Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro non troppoYehudi Menuhin/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Antal Dorati16:41Album Only
Listen  2. Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Andante tranquilloYehudi Menuhin/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Antal Dorati10:18Album Only
Listen  3. Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro moltoYehudi Menuhin/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Antal Dorati12:00Album Only
Listen  4. 6 Duos for 2 Violins (1999 - Remaster): No. 28: SorrowYehudi Menuhin/Nell Gotkovsky 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 6 Duos for 2 Violins (1999 - Remaster): No. 31: New Year`s GreetingYehudi Menuhin/Nell Gotkovsky0:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 6 Duos for 2 Violins (1999 - Remaster): No. 33: Harvest SongYehudi Menuhin/Nell Gotkovsky 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 6 Duos for 2 Violins (1999 - Remaster): No. 36: BagpipesYehudi Menuhin/Nell Gotkovsky 1:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 6 Duos for 2 Violins (1999 - Remaster): No. 41: ScherzoYehudi Menuhin/Nell Gotkovsky0:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 6 Duos for 2 Violins (1999 - Remaster): No. 42: Arabian SongYehudi Menuhin/Nell Gotkovsky 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz.117 (2003 - Remaster): I. Tempo di ciacconaYehudi Menuhin 9:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz.117 (2003 - Remaster): II. Fuga - Risoluto, non troppo vivoYehudi Menuhin 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz.117 (2003 - Remaster): III. Melodia - AdagioYehudi Menuhin 6:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz.117 (2003 - Remaster): IV. PrestoYehudi Menuhin 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Composer and Great Violinist 17 Sep 2012
By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Menuhin's association with these works and Bartok himself, make this an appealing combination of recordings. Most of these recordings come from the great violinist's later period when his technique was less reliable, but by and large he is in good, sometimes brilliant form.

The Bartok Violin Concerto No 2 has been well served on disk. Menuhin was an early champion of it, making the first ever commercial recording, then as here, with Antal Dorati (see Bartok: Violin Concerto, No. 2). Many rate this early one as the finest ever, though personally, I prefer Menuhin's later one with Furtwangler (see Violin Concerto No. 2, Solo Violin Concerto (Menuhin)) finding it more compelling. By comparison, the stereo performance of the work in this compilation is perhaps not on the same level these, but it's still very good, even when compared with stiff competition of recent years for the likes of Chung and Mutter.

The Solo Violin Sonata was the last work the composer completed. Menuhin, who commissioned the work, also made the first recording in the 1940s, soon after the premier. This too is available on the above mentioned Furtwangler version of the Concerto. The earlier recording is more spacious than the one here which comes from the 1970's when Menuhin was in the twilight of his violin career. His violinistic prowess was considered to be on the wane- though that does not show here. I bought it then on LP. It was my introduction to the work, when there were few other recordings in competition. Reviews then said it was a return in top form. So it was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not faultless, but charismatic 29 April 2007
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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For all that Yehuidi Menuhin's technique could be rather frail in his later years, these are very good, idiomatic performances of music that was near to his heart. He understood Bartok's idiom as well as anyone, and the occasional bit of gritty or uneven bowing or lumpy passagework is very much more than compensated for by the depth of that understanding. You could also say that this music, with its folk roots and directness of expression, suffers less from the absence of 'polish' than some works which dazzle but strike less deep. So this is a good CD and well worth hearing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music.....Bartok is my favorite....... 12 Sep 2007
By Tanis - Published on
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Menuhin with his strongly creative imagination plays these concertos with characteristic nobility of feeling during much of the Hungarian dance-rhythms. There is a comparably earthy, peasant manner in Menuhin's playing of the two Rhapsodies, and it is match by Boulez's approach, warm and passionate rather than clinical. The soloist is rather close. However, the balance responds to the controls, and this remains on the Menuhin's most worthwhile reissues.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding interpretations, yet I long for more fervor 7 Jun 2010
By G.D. - Published on
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There's no denying the historical importance of the relationship between Bartok and Menuhin, so it is a little surprising that EMI doesn't attempt to market this set with equal prominence to the artist and composer - maybe it tells us something about the audience for this series of reissues. Bartok wrote his substantial and technically extremely demanding sonata for solo violin for Menuhin, and Menuhin was a well-known promoter of Bartok's works. The recording in this set, however, dates from the 1970s, and maybe I am prejudiced, but Menuhin's playing isn't ideally crisp and fresh, even if the interpretation is still a very strong one and rather beautiful; it is played with a tonal warmth and almost mellow phrasing that sounds attractive enough if a little short on ferocity and attack.

The other recordings date from the 1960s. The recording quality is generally good, however (as it is in the solo violin sonata), but the playing isn't always as technically good as one could imagine - note-perfect, more or less, and I don't have any qualms about the intonation (a problem for the later Menuhin), but there is a certain lack of crispness and freshness and swagger. I would easily have lived with rougher edges if the reward had been more spirit. Still, his ideas are generally good ones and Menuhin's ability to convey the overall structure of the work is impressive. In the concertos he is joined by Antal Dorati and the New Philharmonia, and if nothing else the support is near idesl, powerful and passionate (as is Menuhin's playing in the first concerto) but never overdoing it. In the Rhapsodies, exhibiting many of the same qualities, he is joined by the BBCSO under Pierre Boulez, who leads some sharply etched, rhythmically incisive but never clinical performances, and even though the orchestral support is more lustrous than the soloists, Menuhin acquits himself well, with warmth and much beautiful playing.

For the selection of duos Menuhin is joined by Nell Gotkovsky for fine results, and in the unfinished viola sonata we get a chance of hearing Menuhin on an instrument he allegedly had wanted to take up on more occasions; the result is pretty convincing, and he produces a burnished, golden tone in a work which might not rate among Bartok's most successful works (even if he had finished it - as it is, the work is almost more the work of Tibor Serly than Bartok). So the performances are not perfect (or at least not, I maintain, "perfect in the right way") but they are still very rewarding, and if Menuhin at the time of the recordings had lost some of his spontaneity and effortlessness (although he seems to have preferred beauty over fervor throughout his career), these are still relative spirited and passionate renderings of some glorious music. Besides, this is a most useful collection of Bartok's most important violin music (apart from the two sonatas) and a worthy addition to any collection - even though you can find even better recordings of all the works featured here elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bartók on a Budget 16 Jun 2012
By B. A. Dilger - Published on
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I like Bartók. I really do. Somewhere between the world of the Romantics and the Expressionists sits this Hungarian/Classical genius composing music that is based on folk tunes yet reaches the most modern altitudes. Robert Fripp, a modern songwriter, has declared the Bartókian influence on his style. This is music that challenges the listener to listen to what is produced from the instruments, what is becoming for the moment. From relaxation to drama the patterns shift about, and constantly remind you to interpret each new change. Bartók--between two worlds.
15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets 6 Feb 2007
By Bear - Published on
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First you have to like Bartok. Not everyone enjoys the 20th century extention of classical music. If you do like Bartok and want to hear his violin compositions - then buy this CD and hear a true master at work.
9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasures of the highest level! 8 Dec 2007
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on
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If I was required for the most unerring performances of this legend of the violin, I would pronounce myself for these recordings about Bartok. And this very fact seems incredible because as all of us are aware, Menuhin's refinement was feuatred by a mellow and romantic taste.

As long I remember, I should cite to Isaac Stern and obviously Szekely as the only two memorable contenders in this exigent requirements.

Both violin Concertos as well as the two Rhapsodies stand aloof in what interpretative supremacy concerns.

It would be fair to remark the famous recordings made by Sandor Vegh with his 44 duos for violin that still remain as unique in its style and visceral approach.

But, this set well deserves from all who love Bartok

In what concerns to the performance of the famous Sonata for violin nobody has reached the stature of Ivry Gitlis.
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