Bartók Violin Sonatas; Contrasts
Readers who habitually fight shy of Bartok's provocatively astringent piano writing—especially as exemplified in the Piano Sonata, Out of doors and
The Second Sonata is both gentler and more improvisatory, its language and structure—although still pretty formidable—somewhat in the manner of a rhapsody. Pauk and Jando again hit the target, and the full-bodied recording makes for an homogeneous sound picture. To have a spirited performance of the multi-faceted Contrasts as a bonus certainly helps promote this well-annotated CD to the front line of competition, especially as no other rival presents the two sonatas in tandem with such a generous coupling. A confident mainstream recommendation, then, and superb value for money.'