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Violin Concertos - Released September 7, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Violin Concertos - Released April 13, 2018 | Ondine

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Today, Finland is one of the richest musical countries on Earth. Thanks to the exceptional quality of its musical teaching it produces numerous composers, conductors and artists who perform all over the world. The very rich catalogue of the dynamic Finnish publisher Ondine contains several recordings of the German violinist Christian Tetzlaff (Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin) by Bach, Mozart's sonatas, Trios by Brahms, concertos by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Shostakovich); and the Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu (Sibelius, Mahler, Enescu, Berio, Messiaen, Lindberg, Melartin), but it is their first record together. Bartók's two Violin Concertos were written thirty years apart, for two virtuosos. While the Second Concerto in the form of variations on a theme that develop ingeniously across three movements, has been well-known for a long time, the first remained unheard for years. Written as a declaration of love for the Hungarian-Swiss violinist Stefi Geyer, for whom Bartók had fallen, it was a secret kept by the dedicatee: it was only long after the composer's death that the violinist let Bartók's patron and close friend, the conductor Paul Sacher, know about the work. He would see that it was performed, with Hansheinz Schneeberger, but only in 1958. Bartók's two concertos, essential parts of the repertoire for violin and orchestra would enjoy a well-deserved resurgence in interest among a younger generation of violinists – the recording of the same works by Renaud Capuçon for Warner came out a few weeks ago. This new version, magnificently recorded, carefully explores all the orchestral richness, in perfect dialogue with Christian Tetzlaff's outstanding violin. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released March 23, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 7, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released March 23, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Like his former compatriot Christian Ferras, whom he greatly admires, Renaud Capuçon has been gradually building up a lovely discography, working with the greatest orchestral conductors around today. Completely dedicated to Bartók, this new album offers two concertos by the Hungarian composer with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth. Not many works have endured as tumultuous a history as the First Concerto. Composed in 1907-1908 for the violinist and friend of Bartók's, Stefi Geyer, it remained in manuscript form long after the composer's death and was finally performed 50 years after it was written, in Basel, by Paul Sacher, patron, conductor, and friend of both Bartók and the Swiss violinist Hansheinz Schneeberger. As for the Second Concerto written in 1938, by an ironic twist of history, it was performed twenty years before the First. The two works are very stylistically different: the First Concerto is lyrical and polytonal in its composition, whereas the Second flirts with a dodecaphonism that Bartók never adopted fully. Oddly avoided by generations of violinists, today these two concertos seem to be drawing the admiration of a new generation of virtuosos free of the prejudices of their predecessors, and who have mastered the language of the 20th century. Renaud Capuçon gives a very able version here, foregrounding Bartók's unique way of expressing himself, partway between classical and popular music. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released March 23, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released August 17, 2018 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released December 16, 2016 | Menuetto Classics

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Classical - Released May 11, 2018 | Mediaphon

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Classical - Released December 16, 2016 | Menuetto Classics

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Solo Piano - Released October 5, 2018 | Mirare

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Quartets - Released October 5, 2018 | Chandos

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For its very first recording on Chandos, the Arcadia String Quartet presents what has been at the very heart of its musical career and influences: the complete string quartets by Bartók. With the music of the Hungarian composer, the members of this Romanian ensemble, neighbours of his birthplace, have won such major careershaping competitions as Osaka, the Wigmore Hall, and Hamburg. Bartók’s attachment to the string quartet – as to no other genre – was to the keystone of the Viennese tradition, but with the aim of moving the medium out of its native city a little, into the countryside of alternative tonalities and rhythms. The six mature works he wrote are being revealed here with all the singular patterns, mixed modalities, bitterness, lamentations, and, at times, bright folk influences which they contain. © Chandos
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Classical - Released June 8, 2018 | Gramola Records

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Bartók's two Violin Concertos were written thirty years apart, for two virtuosos. While the Second Concerto in the form of variations on a theme that develop ingeniously across three movements, has been well-known for a long time, the first remained unheard for years. Written as a declaration of love for the Hungarian-Swiss violinist Stefi Geyer, for whom Bartók had fallen, it was a secret kept by the dedicatee; it was only long after the composer's death that the violinist let Bartók's patron and close friend, the conductor Paul Sacher, know about the work. He would see that it was performed, with Hansheinz Schneeberger, but only in 1958. Long overlooked by violinists, today these two concertos are enjoying renewed interest from a new generation of performers. Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid, whose fame is growing and growing, has a very varied repertoire, and doesn’t hesitate to make the leap between genres, from Bach's Sonatas and Partitas to jazz. Recorded in Pécs, Hungary's fifth city and the 2010 European capital of culture, this new version was made in 2016 and 2017, with the Pannonia Philharmonic Orchestra led by the Finnish conductor of Hungarian extraction, Tibor Bogányi, whose career is bringing him ever-closer to his homeland. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 3, 2018 | Didier François, under exclusive license to Prova Records

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Classical - Released June 4, 2018 | All Time Best

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Miscellaneous - Released April 6, 2018 | iM Claudio Colombo

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Classical - Released May 16, 2018 | PAVLIK RECORDS

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Classical - Released August 29, 2018 | EXTON