Béla Bartók; (1881 – 1945) was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers.
Divertimento for String Orchestra is a three-movement work composed by Béla Bartók in 1939, scored for full orchestral strings. It is one of his later mature works. Divertimento is scored for string orchestra: Violin I, II, Viola, Violoncello, and Double Bass, all of which contain divisi sections.
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 –1741), nicknamed ("The Red Priest") because of his red hair, was an Italian Baroque composer, Catholic priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe. He is best known for the Four Seasons.
The Concerto in B Minor was first published in 1711 in L'estro armonico,(Harmonious Spirit) Op.3 (Libro 2). The instrumentation is for 4 violins, cello + strings, continuo. Three movements. Allegro, Largo - Larghetto, Allegro.
The Concerto in D Minor was first published in 1711 in L'estro armonico,(Harmonious Spirit) Op.3 (Libro 2). The instrumentation is for 2 violins, cello + strings, continuo. Three movements. Allegro, Largo -e spicato, Allegro.
Rudolf Borisovich Barshai (1924 – 2010) was a Soviet and Russian conductor and violinist. Barshai performed as a soloist as well as together with Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, and as a member of a trio with Mstislav Rostropovich and Leonid Kogan. He won numerous Soviet and international competitions. He was the founding violist of the Borodin Quartet in 1945 and was a member until 1953. In 1955, Barshai founded the Moscow chamber orchestra, which he led and conducted until he emigrated to the West in 1977.
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