The Bartók Viola Concerto is so rhapsodic, especially in the first movement. At the beginning, it starts sort of like a cadenza, with only a few pizzicati in the cello as an accompaniment, and then the viola gets into a rage and there’s one little jumping down-scale that’s quite fast and has quite a big impact. It’s like an entire concerto in miniature is already there at the beginning.

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