Bartok - Violin Concerto no.1; Enescu - Octet | Warner 9029566255

Bartok - Violin Concerto no.1; Enescu - Octet

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029566255

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 7th September 2018

Contents

Artists

Vilde Frang (violin)
Erik Schumann (violin)
Gabriel Le Magadure (violin)
Roseanne Philippens (violin)
Lawrence Power (viola)
Lily Francis (viola)
Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)
Jan-Erik Gustavsson (cello)
Orchestre de Radio France

Conductor

Mikko Franck

Works

Bartok, Bela

Violin Concerto no.1, Sz 36 BB48a

Enescu, George

Octet for strings in C major, op.7

Artists

Vilde Frang (violin)
Erik Schumann (violin)
Gabriel Le Magadure (violin)
Roseanne Philippens (violin)
Lawrence Power (viola)
Lily Francis (viola)
Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)
Jan-Erik Gustavsson (cello)
Orchestre de Radio France

Conductor

Mikko Franck

About

Béla Bartók and George Enescu were born in same Year - 1881, Bartók in the Austrian-Hungarian city of Nagyszentmiklós (today Romania), Enescu in the Moldovian town of Liveni-Botoșani (today Romania). Both pieces on this recording are youthful works of theirs – 1900 (Enescu’s Octet) and 1907 (Bartók’s First Violin Concerto). Both works were neglected – Enescu’s Octet for nearly a decade due to the challenges of the piece (being premiered in 1909), and Bartók’s Concerto was neglected by its dedicatee, the violinist Stefi Geyer (who was also his young love), and was published only after her death, in 1956 (being premiered in 1958). Bartók and Enescu both died in self-chosen exile – Bartók 1945 in New York, Enescu 1955 in Paris – yet both were respected and admired for being contributors to the development of their countries’ culture and art, particularly as great “ambassadors” for folk music.

Reviews

Absolutely stunning. Had the Heifetz-Piatigorsky team tackled Enescu’s string Octet, I doubt that they would have topped this version by Vilde Frang and friends. ... Frang again hits the target [in Bartók’s First Concerto], especially in the Allegro giocoso second movement, which she plays with lightning inflections, switching in a trice from breathless animation to sighing lyricism, always with a light touch.  Rob Cowan
Gramophone October 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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