Martinu - Violin Concertos; Bartok - Solo Violin Sonata | BIS BIS2457

Martinu - Violin Concertos; Bartok - Solo Violin Sonata


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2457

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 27th November 2020



Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)
Bamberger Symphoniker


Jakub Hrusa


Bartok, Bela

Sonata for solo violin, Sz117 BB124

Martinu, Bohuslav

Violin Concerto no.1, H226
Violin Concerto no.2, H293


Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)
Bamberger Symphoniker


Jakub Hrusa


On the present disc, Frank Peter Zimmermann, one of today’s most highly regarded violinists, performs works by two Central European composers that also exemplify various currents in classical music during the period 1920-1950. Although it only received its first performance in 1973, Bohuslav Martinů’s Violin Concerto no.1 had been composed 40 years earlier in the neo-classical idiom championed by Stravinsky. In contrast, the composer’s Second Violin Concerto (1943) is written in a more lyrical vein, partly to suit the playing style of Mischa Elman, the violinist who commissioned it. In both works Zimmermann is partnered by the Bamberger Symphoniker under the orchestra’s chief conductor Jakub Hrůša, one of the leading Martinů conductors of today.

The disc closes with a central work in the twentieth-century literature for solo violin, Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin. Composed in 1944, only a year before Bartók’s death, it is a deeply personal statement which fuses the overall layout of Bach’s solo violin sonatas with Hungarian folk tradition, with results that are as fascinating to the listener as they are challenging to the performer.


These new interpretations by Frank Peter Zimmermann ... go straight to the top of the pile. ... What impresses most here, however, is the clarity and naturalness of Zimmermann’s performances, remarkable in combining an intimate knowledge of the music (the result of long study) with a freshness of approach. This is, for me, the top recommendation for these two works and, frankly, is how Martinů should always be played.  Guy Rickards (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone January 2021
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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