So far, American violinist Gil Shaham has recorded seven 1930s violin concertos, with two albums released on his own label, Canary Classics. The second volume of this series features the second violin concertos of Sergei Prokofiev (1935) and Bela Bartók (1938), recorded with his good friend Stéphane Denève!
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Gil Shaham shares his thoughts on the concertos from the 30s, this most pivotal of decades.
Bartóks 2nd Violin Concerto premiered on Thursday, March 23, 1939, in Amsterdam. Performed by the Royal Concertgebouworkest with conductor Willem Engelberg and soloist Zoltán Székely, to who Bartók dedicated the work. The concert was recorded, and we can still listen to it today!