BARTÓK • BACH • SCHNEEBERGER: Works for Solo Violin

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Dmitry Smirnov violin

Béla BARTÓK (1881–1945)
Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz 117 (1944)
I. Tempo di ciaccona
II. Fuga: Risoluto, non troppo vivo
III. Melodia: Adagio
IV. Presto

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750)
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Gigue
V. Chaconne

Hansheinz SCHNEEBERGER (1926–2019)
Sonata for Solo Violin (1942) (manuscript)
I. Introduzione (quasi cadenza): Adagio, rubato
II. Allegro comodo e grazioso
III. Finale: Allegro vivace, ma non troppo
(Première recording)

Bartok, Schneeberger:
Violin and bow made by Philipp Bonhoeffer, Montecastelli, Italy 2018/2019

Violin made by Johann Schönfelder, Markneukirchen, Germany 1795
Bow made but Ralph Ashmead, Califonia, USA.2017 (copy of an early 18th century bow)

1CD DigiSleeve

Recorded: “Il Poggio” Montecastelli Pisano, Tuscany, Italy, 8–10 February 2021
Engineered, edited, mastered and produced by Jean-Daniel Noir (
24bit, 96kHz hi-resolution recording and mastering
Executive producer: Lucienne Rosset

Released 20 August 2021

Press Quotes

“Dmitry Smirnov is an amazing violinist. He makes the Chaconne [Bach] a whimsical page like never before. Nothing seems to be able to stop this young virtuoso.” (5-fork, Diapason)

“This is an excellent period recording of Bach. More liberties are taken compared to the average recording… I am not sure I have ever heard the Chaconne played in 9:23 before, but it made perfect sense to me… I was really drawn into the performance” (American Record Guide)

“…all of this music, Smirnov plays with passion and commitment… A very nice CD”  (The Art Music Lounge)

“Darkly evocative Bartók from violinist Dmitry Smirnov, with incredible virtuosity and fast tempi emphasising lightness of touch in Bach, and an impressive performance of an effective work by Hansheinz Schneeberger to finish” (Classical Notes)

“… the Bartók and – in particular – the Schneeberger are given convincing performances.” (The WholeNote)

“Is it recommended? Indeed. The focussed while never constricted sound provides an ideal ambience for Smirnov, whose playing is complemented by his informative annotations.” (Arcana)