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Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano is in a genre of music containing an abundance of literature, yet a substantial amount of this repertoire was not originally composed for that instrumentation. Of the eight works performed on this Naxos album, only half the Popper "Mazurka" and "Serenade," Dohnányi "Sonata," and Rózsa "Roccata" began their lives as works for cello. The remaining four were all arranged by their composers at a later date, a fact that certainly does not detract from their importance in the repertoire. Performed by cellist Mark Kosower and pianist Jee-Won Oh, this well-programmed disc is dedicated to Janos Starker and György Sebök, two musicians whose ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano is in a genre of music containing an abundance of literature, yet a substantial amount of this repertoire was not originally composed for that instrumentation. Of the eight works performed on this Naxos album, only half the Popper "Mazurka" and "Serenade," Dohnányi "Sonata," and Rózsa "Roccata" began their lives as works for cello. The remaining four were all arranged by their composers at a later date, a fact that certainly does not detract from their importance in the repertoire. Performed by cellist Mark Kosower and pianist Jee-Won Oh, this well-programmed disc is dedicated to Janos Starker and György Sebök, two musicians whose playing virtually defines the Hungarian idiom. Like their dedicatees, Kosower and Oh play with immense precision in intonation, articulation, phrasing, and dynamics. Kosower's playing in particular is pleasingly lucid in even the most rapid of passagework and filled with a warm, velvety tone. All in all, it is a very solid, well-executed performance. What this duo lacks that Starker and Sebök possess in abundance is a truly convincing Hungarian sound. There's often not enough grit, not enough digging in, and a tendency to be too "nice" where a little aggression might have been preferable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313057078
  • Catalog Number: 8570570
  • Sales rank: 196,678

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–2 Rhapsody for cello & piano, Sz. 88, BB 94c - Béla Bartók & Mark Kosower (10:48)
  2. 2 Elegie: Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth (IVa), for violin or cello & piano, S. 382 (LW D21) - Franz Liszt & Mark Kosower (5:47)
  3. 3 Pieces (3) for cello & piano, Op 11: 3. Mazurka - David Popper & Mark Kosower (3:56)
  4. 4 Adagio for violin (or viola or cello) & piano - Zoltán Kodály & Mark Kosower (8:25)
  5. 5 Ruralia Hungarica: Andande rubato, alla zingaresca, for cello & piano, Op. 32d - Ernst von Dohnányi & Mark Kosower (6:55)
  6. 6 Serenade for cello & piano, Op 54/2 - Robert Stolz & Mark Kosower (3:55)
  7. 8–11 Sonata for cello & piano in B flat major, Op. 8 - Ernst von Dohnányi & Mark Kosower (26:40)
  8. 9 Toccata capricciosa for cello, Op. 36 - Miklós Rózsa & Mark Kosower (7:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Kosower Primary Artist
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