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Solo 2

Ning Feng

Prokofiev, Hindemith, Bartók

SKU: 34413

Year of release: 2013

Solo Sonata in D op. 115 13:59
1. Moderato Prokofiev 05:14
2. Theme and Variations Prokofiev 04:08
3. con brio Prokofiev 04:36
Solo Sonata op 31 no. 1 13:50
4. Sehr lebhafte Achtel Hindemith 01:45
5. Sehr langsame Viertel Hindemith 04:27
6. Sehr lebhafte Viertel Hindemith 02:44
7. Intermezzo Hindemith 02:55
8. Prestissimo Hindemith 01:57
Solo Sonata op. 31 no.2 12:19
9. Leicht bewegte Viertel Hindemith 02:33
10. Ruhig bewegte Achtel Hindemith 03:02
11. Gemachliche Viertel Hindemith 01:30
12. funf variationen Hindemith 05:13
Solo Sonata Sz117 29:34
13. Tempo di ciaccona Bartók 11:11
14. fuga Bartók 05:03
15. Melodia Bartók 07:22
16. Presto Bartók 05:57

About this album

Béla Bartok composed his Sonata for violin solo (1944) after emigrating from Hungary to the USA on the outbreak of World War II. A few years before, he had openly expressed his aversion to Hitler and the rise of the Nazis, refusing to play his ownmusic or have it performed in Germany. Bartók was consequently boycotted almost everywhere, particularly in pro-German countries. Political developments in Hungary and surrounding dictatorships became such an unbearable torment, that after long hesitation he said farewell to his fatherland (and to his mother). In North America, however, the composer and his wife could hardly settle. For many years Bart.k did not compose, and he felt that he would never be able to do so again. He darted through the overcrowded streets of New York like an anxious animal. He felt like a miserable and uprooted stranger, became ill, and weighed hardly 44 kilos in 1943. Bartók died of leukaemia in New York in 1945

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Reviews

Musicweb

(...) Every aspect of Ning Feng’s playing seems to be under extraordinary control. The even-ness of his tone production whether high, low, slow and sustained or precipitously fast is remarkably similar. Usually you can perceive a degree of technical strain in the way the tone hardens or some passage-work might fractionally blur - not here, every note and strand of music remains crystal clear.

Opus Klassiek

(...) Dit is een schijfje voor fijnproevers, met de beste stukken voor de solistische viool die de twintigste eeuw heeft voortgebracht. (...) Schitterend, net als de rest van dit unieke en gedurfde recital, dat ook nog eens voorbeeldig is opgenomen.

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Technical Specifications

Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
Recording LocationWestvest Schiedam, The Netherlands
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 Diamand Series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm DSD AD
Cablesvan Den Hul