Frank Peter Zimmermann, one of today's most highly regarded violinists, takes our breath away with this recording together with the Bamberger Symphoniker and their chief conductor Jakub Hrua - one of the leading Martinu conductors of today. They start off by exploring the lyrical side of Bohuslav Martinu, offered in the Second Violin Concerto (1943), to dive into the neo-classical idiom championed by Stravinsky that informs the composer's Violin Concerto No. 1. Bla Bartk's Sonata for Solo Violin closes the album. Composed in 1944, only a year before Bartk's death, it is a deeply personal statement which fuses the overall layout of Bach's solo violin sonatas with Hungarian folk tradition with results that are as fascinating to the listener as they are challenging to the performer.