Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu

Bartók: 44 Duos

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Béla Bartók composed his 44 Duos for two violins primarily as a pedagogical series for young students, but the collection has become increasingly popular with accomplished violinists for recordings and as recital fare, and it is usually played in its entirety, due to the brevity of the individual pieces. Sarah and Deborah Nemtanu present the 44 Duos on their debut album for Decca, and their eloquent and highly expressive playing proves that the work is as musically satisfying as the artistry they bring to it, and as listenable as Bartók's Mikrokosmos for piano, another work for students written in the same period. On the surface, these pieces may seem simplistic and almost naïve in their melodic contours and harmonies, though Bartók based them on folk songs and dances that he had collected, and the sisters take the Magyar and other ethnic flavors into account. All the same, their interpretation overall is lyrical, thoughtful, and abstract, and its smooth continuity and the studio acoustics prevent the start-stop feeling one finds in other less-polished performances.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz 98
1 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:04 Amazon
2 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:41 Amazon
3 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:50 Amazon
4 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:53 Amazon
5 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:58 Amazon
6 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:59 Amazon
7 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:49 Amazon
8 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:09 Amazon
9 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:42 Amazon
10 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:17 Amazon
11 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:19 Amazon
12 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:54 Amazon
13 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:38 Amazon
14 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:46 Amazon
15 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:06 Amazon
16 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:55 Amazon
17 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:45 Amazon
18 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:46 Amazon
19 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:10 Amazon
20 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:37 Amazon
21 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 02:08 Amazon
22 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:42 Amazon
23 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:21 Amazon
24 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:44 Amazon
25 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:54 Amazon
26 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:28 Amazon
27 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:31 Amazon
28 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 02:17 Amazon
29 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:46 Amazon
30 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:49 Amazon
31 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:40 Amazon
32 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:44 Amazon
33 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:38 Amazon
34 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:00 Amazon
35 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:56 Amazon
36 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 02:08 Amazon
37 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 02:46 Amazon
38 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:42 Amazon
39 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:46 Amazon
40 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:50 Amazon
41 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:49 Amazon
42 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:23 Amazon
43 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 00:59 Amazon
44 Deborah Nemtanu / Sarah Nemtanu 01:51 Amazon
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