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Béla Bartók: The 2 Violin Concertos

Arabella Steinbacher, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski

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"... with its strong-minded solo playing, insightful orchestral accompaniment and detailed recorded sound, could and should still be a candidate for the collections of Bartók’s music or of 20th century violin concertos."
- Fanfare

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Violin Concerto No. 2  
I. Allegro non troppo
Béla Bartók; Arabella Steinbacher; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Marek Janowski
II. Andante tranquillo
Béla Bartók; Arabella Steinbacher; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Marek Janowski
III. Allegro molto
Béla Bartók; Arabella Steinbacher; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Marek Janowski
Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. posth.  
I. Andante sostenuto
Béla Bartók; Arabella Steinbacher; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Marek Janowski
II. Allegro giocoso
Béla Bartók; Arabella Steinbacher; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Marek Janowski
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    60:59
"Editor's Choice ... I can’t think of a version of the Second Concerto, past or present, where structure and content are more thoughtfully balanced, or where significant points in the score are more lovingly underlined ..."
- Gramophone

"Four Stars ... she brings great warmth to the lyrical First Concerto ... in the more ambitious and challenging Second Concerto she introduces a thrilling touch of steel into her playing. The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is on fine form, with outstanding contributions from the brass section."
- The Telegraph

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande come together under the baton of Marek Janowski to present Béla Bartók's two violin concertos, one of his very first compositions alongside one of his most recorded. This album was named Editor's Choice by Gramophone and included on the magazine's list of the 10 best recordings of 20th century violin concertos.
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Recording venue: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (June/July, 2009)
Executive Producer: Job Maarse Recording
Producer: Job Maarse
Balance Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Roger de Schot
Editing: Roger de Schot

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