Bartók : Violin Concerto No. 2

Bartók : Violin Concerto No. 2


Isaac Stern, Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philarmonic Orchestra (1958)

Columbia MS 6002

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

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Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)’s Second Violin Concerto combines a potent mixture of traditional concerto writing, compositional history and biographical upheavals. It was one of the last works he wrote before emigrating to the USA, and its classical three-movement form unites a mature feeling for form, sparkling musicality and exceptional violinistic sophistication.
Bartók employs the inexhaustible sources of tonal writing with superb mastery to produce his own distinctive tonal language. In his dissonantly sharpened, expressive, even audacious music one can recognise peasant dance, cantilena, variation movement, rondo form, and twelve-tone themes, which however remain tonal.
During his career spanning 60 years Isaac Stern recorded this major contemporary work several times and demonstrates once again his superb mastery of his instrument in this particular recording. With bravura he conjures up eruptive snatches of melody out of the rhapsodic depths, allows the slow movement to glow with pastoral sentiment, and tears through the vast variations finale with a perfect command of the score, his instrument and his creative prowess.

Recorded in January 1958 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City, by Jack Ashkinzy.

isaac Stern (1920 - 2001) played the 1728 "Kruse-Vormbaum" Stradivarius, the 1733 "ex-Stern" Bergonzi, the 1737 "Panette" Guarnerius, the 1750 "Arma Senkrah" Guadagnini, a 1754 Giovanni Guadagnini, a 1850 J. B. Vuillaume copy of the 1737 "Panette" Guarnerius, and the 1840 "ex-Nicolas I" J.B. Vuillaume. He also owned two contemporary instruments by Samuel Zygmuntowicz. His favorite violin was the 1740 "Ysaÿe" Guarnerius, previously played by Eugène Ysaÿe.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under