Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

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Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Christian Tetzlaff (violin) / Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

[ Ondine / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 June 2018

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Star violinist Christian Tetzlaff performs Béla Bartók's (1881-1945) two masterpieces in a new recording with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu. This recording continues both artists' highly successful series of recordings on Ondine.

Christian Tetzlaff is considered one of the world's leading international violinists and maintains a most extensive performing schedule. Musical America named him 'Instrumentalist of the Year' in 2005 and his recording of the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE11952), received the 'Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik'. Gramophone Magazine was choosing the recording of the Schumann Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt (ODE12052) as 'Disc of the Month' in January 2014. In addition, in 2015 ICMA awarded Christian Tetzlaff as the 'Artist of the Year'. His recordings on Ondine with Brahms' Trios (ODE12712D) and Violin Concertos by Dvorák and Suk (1279-5) released in 2015 and 2016 earned GRAMMY nominations.

Recordings by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu on Ondine have gathered excellent reviews in the international press. Their most recent release with orchestral works and songs by Jean Sibelius (ODE12895) won an ICMA Award in January 2018. The same album was also Editor's Choice in Gramophone Magazine and Orchestral Choice in the BBC Music Magazine.

Gramophone Award WINNER 2018 - Concerto

"Ondine's new Bartók CD is an out-and-out winner...Tetzlaff's account of the First Concerto elevates this work to a whole new level of musical excellence, so much so that I'm inclined to place his expertly recorded CD of the two concertos ahead of all rival versions. It's that good!" Gramophone Recording of the Month June 2018

"This is altogether a fine performance [of the Second Concerto], with Christian Tetzlaff a touch more rhythmically alert and characterful than Renaud Capuçon on his recent recording of these two concertos with the LSO, fine as that is…[in the First Concerto] Tetzlaff again produces playing that's warmly lyrical and dazzlingly virtuosic, by turns. With the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu on top form, this is an easy recommendation." BBC Music Five Stars


Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112
Violin Concerto No. 1, BB48a, Sz 36

Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz. 36: I. Andante sostenuto