Bartók: 44 Violin Duos

Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun

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Bartók: 44 Violin Duos Review

by Blair Sanderson

Reflecting Béla Bartók's avid interest in Hungarian folk music, the 44 Duos for two violins are inventive arrangements of indigenous melodies, published in four books that cover many regional styles and popular forms. While brief and to the point -- most are under two minutes' duration -- these songs and dances still present special problems of coordination, technique, and expression that are unique to the art of duet playing, particularly for such spare instrumentation as two violins. Violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun share an approach that makes their 2010 release of these pieces appear intelligently planned and stylistically unified, though their vivid string sonorities and spontaneous exchanges make the music feel colorful and engaging, and far from an exercise. Compared to some of the large-scale masterpieces Bartók wrote at the same time, such as the String Quartet No. 5 and the Piano Concerto No. 2, the 44 Duos are quite modest and unassuming, but they are significant because they represent Bartók's innovative work in the field of ethnomusicology and are somewhat more important in his oeuvre than they may appear. Harmonia Mundi's sound is credibly present and almost palpable, preserving enough grittiness in the string tone to make it feel close-up and natural.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
44 Violin duos, Sz. 98
1 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:44 Amazon
2 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:35 Amazon
3 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:23 Amazon
4 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:56 Amazon
5 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:43 Amazon
6 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:42 Amazon
7 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:41 Amazon
8 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:57 Amazon
9 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:10 Amazon
10 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:12 Amazon
11 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:06 Amazon
12 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 02:07 Amazon
13 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:02 Amazon
14 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:09 Amazon
15 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:00 Amazon
16 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:33 Amazon
17 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:29 Amazon
18 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:05 Amazon
19 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:46 Amazon
20 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:54 Amazon
21 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:08 Amazon
22 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:08 Amazon
23 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:52 Amazon
24 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:00 Amazon
25 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:23 Amazon
26 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:29 Amazon
27 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:37 Amazon
28 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 02:23 Amazon
29 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:50 Amazon
30 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:59 Amazon
31 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 02:23 Amazon
32 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 02:08 Amazon
33 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:00 Amazon
34 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:28 Amazon
35 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:08 Amazon
36 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:58 Amazon
37 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:21 Amazon
38 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:03 Amazon
39 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:37 Amazon
40 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:48 Amazon
41 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:29 Amazon
42 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 01:00 Amazon
43 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 00:47 Amazon
44 Angela Chun / Jennifer Chun 02:56 Amazon
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