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Penguin Guide, January 2009

György Pauk plays both concertos with exemplary musicianship and is given very good support by the Polish National Radio Orchestra at Katowice. No one investing in this coupling need feel disappointed, and the sound has great warmth and naturalness…this offers value for money and gives musical satisfaction.

Malcolm Hayes
Classic FM, April 2000

"Yet again bargain-hunters are served proud by Naxos with a pair of discs of real quality. The first of Bartok's Violin Concertos was composed in 1908 in honour of an alluring young lady violinist with whom he was besotted at the time. The music's lyricism and strength are as much late-Romantic as modernist, and the later Second Violin Concerto's fusion of folk music and the concert hall is equally approachable. Gyorgy Pauk is the skilled soloist in both works, and the orchestra accompanies crisply."

Duncan Druce
Gramophone, January 2000

"The strongest aspect of these performances is soloist Gyorgy Pauk's supremely idiomatic playing... [His] interpretations, thoughtful and strongly felt, are essential listening for Bartok enthusiasts."

Geoffrey Norris
The Telegraph, December 1999

"Gyorgy Pauk plays both works with excellent intonation, secure technique, and a sure sense of style. Tempos in the outer movements of the Second Concerto are a bit on the slow side, but never excessively so; Pauk and his conductor really breathe with the music. It!|s a very Romantic, rhapsodic interpretation, made all the more impressive by a spacious recording that allows the orchestra plenty of room to expand, but never at the expense of the soloist. In fact, the first movement of the First Concerto and the nocturnal slow movement of the Second are among the most poetic and atmospheric on disc. A fine achievement at a great price."

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