Only at the Bowdoin International Music Festival: a standing-room-only concert consisting of two craggy works by Bartok bookending the Ravel Introduction and Allegro. The final work on the program, Bartok’s String Quartet No. 3 (Sz.85), played by the Ying Quartet, received a long standing ovation.

The concert was one of the festival’s popular UpBeat! series held each Wednesday evening at Studzinsky Recital Hall.

The program began with the Bartok Sonata for Solo Violin (Sz. 117) played by Ani Schnarch, an anti-virtuoso work that is nevertheless one of the most difficult ever written for the instrument. In it, Bartok pays homage to the Bach Partitas for solo violin, incorporating both a chaconne and a fugue.

A full review will appear in the Portland Press Herald.