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EigenArt 1040-0 2 CDs

Béla Bartók

The violin sonatas
Adrian Adlam, violin
Thomas Hell, piano

EAN/barcode: 4009850104001

In Bartók's music, the rhythmic element plays a greater role than with other composers. It does not tolerate rhythmically imprecise, only half-exact renditions, which unfortunately do not occur infrequently. Adrian Adlam and Thomas Hell play very rhythmically precise and, moreover, take Bartók's tempo indications rather strictly as well. They play through a kaleidoscope of clear, transparent and yet unfamiliar, uncompromising sounds that grab the listener and pull him/her forward. Dissonances as far as the ear can hear, far more than a random generator, simply stringing together arbitrary intervals, would produce. Thus the listener can perhaps get an idea of what went on in the listeners' minds in the following scene.
Concerning a performance of the First Sonata with the violinist Jelly d'Arányi and himself at the piano, at which Ravel, Szymanowski, Stravinsky, Milhaud, Poulenc, Honegger and Roussel were among those present, Bela Bartók wrote to his wife: "...Ravel sat to the right from me and turned the pages; Milhaud glanced at the score from my left. There was a great deal of enthusiasm, not only for my Sonata but also for Jelly's playing,... They liked Jelly so much that they almost devoured her. Jelly also said that this illustrious society - more than half of the world's most famous composers - inspired her so much that we played more beautifully than ever before. Of the Sonata, they declared that "c'est une merveille", and that it is the most beautiful violin sonata in God knows how many years (of course the French are a bit generous with their praise). Ravel and Poulenc like the second and third movements best, Milhaud the first, Stravinsky the third. ..."

Tracks

Nr.
No.
Werk - Satz
Composition - movement
Oeuvre - mouvement
Komponist
Composer
Compositeur
Künstler
Artist
Interprète
Dauer
Duration
Durée
2 CDs 1
1Violin Sonata No. 1Allegro appassionatoBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Adrian Adlam
Thomas Hell
12:56
2 AdagioBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Adrian Adlam
Thomas Hell
10:41
3 AllegroBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Adrian Adlam
Thomas Hell
10:34
4Andante for violin and piano (1902)Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Adrian Adlam
Thomas Hell
2:57
2 CDs 2
1Sonata for solo violinTempo di ciacconaBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Adrian Adlam
9:01
2 Fuga: Risoluto, non troppo vivoBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Adrian Adlam
4:40
3 Melodia: AdagioBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Adrian Adlam
6:18
4 PrestoBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Adrian Adlam
5:07
5Violin Sonata No. 2Molto ModeratoBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Adrian Adlam
Thomas Hell
8:32
6 AllegrettoBéla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Adrian Adlam
Thomas Hell
10:57

total playing time: 83:10

See reviews for this production

image hifi 4/2012 (04/01/2012):

(...) Adrian Adlam hat sie [die Sonate für Solo-Violine] innerhalb einer Gesamtaufnahme aller Violinsonaten von Bartók nun fulminant eingespielt, in bestechender Klangqualität aufgenommen von TACET-Chef Andreas Spreer. more...

Audiophile Audition (01/02/2012):

(...) Both musicians deserve congratulations for putting together this difficult, but formidable collection.
Zan Furtwangler. more...

Klassik heute (12/14/2011):

Wenn Zwei zum Bogen greifen, muss das nicht dasselbe sein. Der eine nimmt den aus Papier, der andere den mit Pferdehaar - und diese Verteilung ist ebenso sinnvoll wie die der Feder, worunter der Feinmechaniker was anderes versteht als der Dichter und die Gans. more...

Ensemble (12/01/2011):

Die Musik für Violine und Klavier des Ungarn Béla Bartók ist ein Glücksfall in der Violinmusik des 20. Jahrhundert - allerdings immer noch viel zu wenig rezipiert. Da tut es gut, dass der Geiger Adrian Adlam sich mit seinem langjährigen Duo-Parner Thoams Hell nun damit beschäftigt hat, alle Violin-Sonaten Bartóks auf zwei CDs zu vereinen. more...

Pizzicato (11/01/2011):

Kommunikativ

Béla Bartóks zwei Violinsonaten für Violine und Klavier sowie die Sonate für Solovioline gehören zu den aufregendsten Kompositionen der Gattungen. Sie erklingen hier in exzellenten Interpretationen, wobei das kurze Andante für Violine und Klavier aus dem Jahre 1902 als Füller die erste CD bereichert.

Die vier Werke werden von Adrian Adlam und Thomas Hell souverän und kommunikativ gespielt. more...