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Bartók: Violin Concertos

28 Mar. 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 May 2013
  • Release Date: 28 Mar. 2013
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • Copyright: 2012 Brilliant Classics
  • Total Length: 56:55
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  • ASIN: B00C3RS6MC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,078 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2013
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Bartok was extraordinarily precise about timings in his works - in some cases right down to the second. In the works form the late 1920s through the 1930s many of his works are very tightly organised, often with extensive use of variation form as was the case with the Second Violin Concerto and the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. The Fourth Quartet is also a great example.

Reading the reviews, therefore I was surprised to see how far most violinists differ from his prescribed timings, probably in attempt to inject greater expression or romanticism. I was intrigued to hear that Thomas Zehetmair came as close as anyone to matching the composer's preferred timings. Given that this is much quicker than most you might have expected something sounding forced, stressed or perfunctory.

To me this performance sounds as natural and unforced as the work could sound; there is no loss of expression with the result bearing Ivan Fischer's hallmark with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in that the flow of the concerto is refined and smooth with the folk elements brought to the fore. Thomas Zehetmair is an excellent soloist in tune with what some call a neo classical approach but, if that sounds like a stylistic regression, in truth the Concerto and the works surrounding it show an increasing expansiveness from the more neo baroque and explosive works of the Twenties. It is a work of high maturity that sums up all Bartok had learned and is rightly seen as one of the great Violin Concertos.

I can only say that this sounds completely right to me though, given the Concerto's rigorous structure it can easily take a more expansive approach too and there have been plenty of good ones.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lance Edwards on 30 Jun. 2013
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I had yet to find the perfect Bartok Violin Concerto no. 2 Kyung wah Chung was good, then recently I bought Menuhin/Dorati in an old Mercury recording reissue and this was much better than his later recording and closely matched Bartok's timings (usually the first movement is too slow). I had heard of Zehetmair's recording but had seen somewhere some criticism of the recording. Anyway I took the risk and bought it in the Brilliant Classics reissue. At first I thought it a little foggy, then I turned up the volume a little higher than usual and all became clear. A good modern recording then. As for the performance, it is breathtaking. Finally I am satisfied! Don't hesitate to buy it...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Capper on 18 Dec. 2014
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Performance is good to listen to, but the contrast between soft and loud is far to great for home listening. The quiet start is hardly audible above surface noise, while the loud parts are far too loud.
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