Bela Bartók: The Music for Violin and Piano
Susanne Stanzeleit - violin, Gusztáv Fenyő - piano
Volume 1 - ASV CD DCA 852 listen to audio clips
Rhapsody No. 1; Sonata No. 2;
Sonata for solo violin;
Roumanian Folk Dances
Recommended by Gramophone Good CD Guide
Recommended by Penguin Good CD Guide
'She is a musician of notable temperament and intelligence. Hitherto I have most admired Kennedy's and Mordkovich's recording of this very difficult work [solo sonata]. Stanzeleit achieves his logic and her feeling for melody almost effortlessly, but adds an emotional dimension that powerfully reinforces the association between Bartók's last completed composition and the solo sonatas of Bach that inspired it.'
'...Fenyő's playing... has a quiet but firm presence, and even sounds rather like Bartók's own - rounded, spontaneous, secure and un-aggressive.'
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Volume 2 - ASV CD DCA 883
Rhapsody No. 2;
Sonata No. 1;
Nominated for Gramophone Award
Recommended in Gramophone Good CD Guide
Recommended in Penguin Good CD Guide
Five Star award - Classic CD
'Magnificent music, magnificent playing. What more could one wish for?'
'A disc of remarkable quality.'
'...an exceptionally imaginative and mercifully tenderized account of the hard-headed First Violin Sonata... this performance somehow makes more sense [than Oistrach and Bauer or Kremer and Argerich] of the score's many dramatic contrasts.'
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Volume 3 - ASV CD DCA 982 listen to audio clips
Sonata (1903); Contrasts; Andante;
Burlesque No. 2; Slovak Folksongs; For Children
with Michael Collins, clarinet
'Stanzeleit and Fenyő make a sensitive and often compelling case for Bartok's music here... strong performances with vivid characterisation.'
'...I happily recommend this CD as a final volume of a satisfying series.'