Signs, Games & Messages: Solo Violin Works by Bartok & Kurtag | Resonus Classics RES10167

Signs, Games & Messages: Solo Violin Works by Bartok & Kurtag

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Label: Resonus Classics

Cat No: RES10167

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd June 2016

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Renowned British violinist and pedagogue Simon Smith makes his Resonus debut with an extraordinary disc of intensely virtuosic works for unaccompanied violin by two Hungarian composers – the late Sonata for Solo Violin by Belá Bartók and Signs, Games & Messages by living composer György Kurtág, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

The idiomatic and skilful writing for solo violin by both of these composers shows the immense range possible on this instrument, taking the performer to the edge of what’s possible. Often lyrical and expressive, often dramatic and atmospheric with folk influences, Simon Smith tackles this repertoire with great dedication and panache.

‘a virtuoso who is at once darkly cool and immensely persuasive…selfless playing, devoted to making the music exist as fully as possible’ - The Times

‘startling talent’
- The Guardian

‘…played with the characteristic poignancy and expressive power which made this concert so enchanting.’ - The Strad

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