Violinist Isabelle Faust Returns to Bartók for her new album with Daniel Harding leading the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Violin Virtuoso Isabelle Faust Returns to Bartók for her new album with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, available Tuesday, August 13, 2013. The release coincides with festival appearances at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival on August 9th and 10th and at Tanglewood on August 17th.
“Her sound has passion, grit and electricity but also a disarming warmth and sweetness that can unveil the music’s hidden strains of lyricism.” — The New York Times
Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto (1937-38), one of the great concertos of the 20th Century, has virtually eclipsed the First, written thirty years before. Yet this earlier work, inspired by his passionate, unrequited love for the young violinist Stefi Geyer and rediscovered long after the composer’s death, has a fascinating story all its own. Isabelle Faust’s deep connection to Bartok’s music inspired her to explore a variety of original sources in an attempt to get close to the composer’s true intentions.
Isabelle Faust made her harmonia mundi label debut in 1997 with the award-winning recording of Bartók sonatas. As she recalls in the notes for her latest release, her love for Bartók’s music comes from her studies with the Hungarian violinist Dénes Zsigmondy. “At the age of eleven,” she writes, “I was lucky enough to study the Sonata for solo violin with him and thus to discover Bartók’s world in a very emotional and instinctive way. In the years since then, Dénes Zsigmondy, his conception of music, and especially his interpretation of Bartók have formed an important component of my artistic career. I am now delighted to present the two violin concertos in this recording. It is intended as a musical expression of my admiration for the composer Béla Bartók and my gratitude for the continued inspiration and faithful friendship of Dénes Zsigmondy.”
Isabelle Faust performs on a 1704 Stradivarius named the “Sleeping Beauty” as it was forgotten about for 150 years and then rediscovered around 1900. It’s on loan from Germany’s L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.