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Uri Pianka, violin
Jonathan Zak, piano
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Op. 21
(Sz. 75, BB 84, 1921)
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
(Sz. 76, BB 85, 1922)
Recorded live on 3 consecutive Saturdays in November 1983 in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Bartok’s two sonatas for violin and piano are heard here in live performances.
Uri Pianka, longtime concertmaster of the Houston Symphony, brings great authority and commitment to these works and Jonathan Zak is the perfect partner. This recording must be heard by any lover of Bartok’s music. It makes some other recorded performances sound tame by comparison. The notes on the sonatas for the booklet accompanying this CD were especially written for this release by Bartok authority János Kárpáti.