HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Béla Bartók – Violin Concerto No. 2 (Gertler/Ančerl)

Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this rarity
Andre Gertler was a close friend of Bartok and between 1925 and 1938 joined Bartok for a long sequence of joint concerts featuring many first performances of Bartok’s compositions. Clearly the two men had a close and sustained artistic relationship and Gertler’s empathy with Bartok’s vision cannot be missed in this recording. The performance is less indulgent than many others in terms of maintaining steady and forward moving tempos. At the same time the approach to the melodic line is more lyrical and the aggressive effect in certain passages as delivered by other players is therefore lessened. The last movement brings a clearer sense of the ‘dance’ element. In total, this performance simply feels ‘right’ in a way that often eludes other recordings.

Composer: Béla Bartók

Performer: André Gertler

Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ančerl
Vinyl 1965

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 726 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Béla Bartók – Sonatas For Violin, Piano, Clarinet (Andersen/Etlík/Gertler)

All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
Much like Brahms kept close company with Joseph Joachim, one of the greatest violinists of his day, so too did Bartók keep ties with luminaries of his time, including Szigeti, Menuhin, and André Gertler. Although Gertler did not have the distinction of having any of Bartók’s numerous works for violin dedicated to or written for him, he did have the honor of premiering several of Bartók’s compositions in Europe. Gertler was also the first violinist to undertake the massive task of recording the complete violin works in the 1960s. The sound quality throughout is generally quite good, a testament to the technicians who remastered the recordings. Given their professional ties, it would stand to reason that Gertler would have a deep understanding of Bartók’s music, and indeed his interpretations throughout capture every bit of the Hungarian flair.

Composer: Béla Bartók
Performer: Diane Andersen,
Milan Etlík, André Gertler
Vinyl 1965
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR 13
Size: 920 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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