Bartok: Violin Concertos (SACD)

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Arabella Steinbacher, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski

Steinbacher’s previous release on PentaTone (Dvorak and Szymanowski Concertos PTC5186350) was very well received “Rarely has the composer’s magical ear for instrumental sonorities sounded so beguiling on disc….Steinbacher responds with playing that is both sensually alluring and headily impassioned.” The Strad. Here she brings her expertise in interpretation to the Bartók Violin Concertos.

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Gramophone Magazine

November 2010 Editor's Choice

The Telegraph

4 Stars

"She brings great warmth to the lyrical First Concerto...then in the more ambitious and challenging Second Concerto she introduces a thrilling touch of steel into her playing. The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is on fine form, with outstanding contributions from the brass section."

The Times

5 Stars

"From her Stradivarius violin, Arabella Steinbacher conjures tones so subtly beautiful and multicoloured that your jaw almost drops. Yet her passionate artistry is only the cake’s icing. The real delight lies in the bond between soloist and orchestra...the second concerto is the peach: each sonic facet glitters, each heartbeat throbs, lifting us to the stars."

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Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112

Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 1, BB48a, Sz 36