Bartok - ZOLTAN SZEKELY plays the Bartok Violin Concerto - Hungaroton

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ZOLTAN SZEKELY (violin) plays the Bartok Violin Concerto (1937-8).

Hungaroton LPX-11573. Mono LP. lp (historic rec w/ noise in original)

It has the following three movements:

Allegro non troppo
Andante tranquillo
Allegro molto
The first movement is a sonata

Record is VG+ VG++
Cover has some wear ( see pic)

Historic recording of the first performance. Willem Mengelberg conducts the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

The composition dates of Bartók’s two violin concertos are separated by thirty years, the second being completed by the last day of 1938. The three-movement concerto faithfully preserves every characteristic feature of the mature art of Bartók, strict consistency of drafting and an incomparably individual allure of melodic structure. Its melodies, which retain the simple expressions of folk music, are sensitive, refined and expressive. The violin’s role is heightened as the instrument carrying the melody, especially in the variational second movement: this was perhaps the last time such a statement in this form could be expressed in the musical language of our time. The opening and final movements of the concerto are closely connected to each other, their musical constituents held in unity by the melodic/harmonic realm and the relationship of formal solutions. Zoltán Székely premiered the work in Amsterdam, with Mengelberg conducting. Bartók was not present at the world premiere, and he heard the piece himself for the first time in 1943, in New York
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Condition New
Format LP
Label Hungaroton
Color Black