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Bartok * Mendelssohn: Bartok Violin Concerto No 2, Sz112

Magazine article Gramophone

Bartok * Mendelssohn: Bartok Violin Concerto No 2, Sz112

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Bartok * Mendelssohn

Bartok Violin Concerto No 2, Sz112

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Op 64

Augustin Hadelich vn Norwegian Radio

Orchestra / Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Avie (F) AV2323 (62' * DDD)

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The musical logic behind this coupling isn't difficult to fathom. Both Mendelssohn and Bartok composed two violin concertos, one in their early years (Mendelssohn when he was in his teens), the other in full maturity. The early Bartok work is more distinctive than Mendelssohn's youthful essay, but there is no comparison between the first and second concertos of either composer.

Augustin Hadelich offers a compellingly robust performance of Bartok's Second, alertly accompanied by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Tempi are well judged, the phrasing nicely shaped as well as clearly articulated, and you leave the work feeling satisfied that what you've heard is what Bartok intended you to hear. The recorded balance confirms that musical sensitivity has been the main priority throughout. But turn to Barnabas Kelemen with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra under Zoltan Kocsis and you instantly taste the added paprika. …

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