It is impossible to discuss or play Bartok’s music without mention of his homeland. A famously Hungarian composer, Béla Bartók (1881-1945) passionately collected his own country’s folk music, this providing him with musical inspiration and means to innovate. The first of the eight songs to be performed names this programme: ‘Black Earth’.  All are arrangements of Hungarian folk songs. The sonata to follow was composed in 1921.  The virtuosity required of this music by both instruments is undeniable, and here too, folk music influence is strong. Hungarian-born and trained soprano Judit Molnar, violinist Kristian Winther, and pianist Brieley Cutting come together to present this dramatic programme.