Jenö Hubay: Scènes de la Csárda

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
One major figure of the violin who has been conspicuously missing from the recorded repertoire is Jenö Hubay. Since he was a one-time student of Joseph Joachim and Henri Vieuxtemps, friend of Liszt and Brahms, and head of the Budapest Academy of Music now the Franz Liszt Academy during the period in which it turned out its finest pupils, one would think that Hubay's credentials would be more than sufficient to sustain his posthumous reputation. However, as an ardent foe of Communism, and also Joachim after a nasty rupture in their relations, and as a man who married into the nobility, Hubay seems to have been a Hungarian on the wrong side of all the issues that counted...
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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
One major figure of the violin who has been conspicuously missing from the recorded repertoire is Jenö Hubay. Since he was a one-time student of Joseph Joachim and Henri Vieuxtemps, friend of Liszt and Brahms, and head of the Budapest Academy of Music now the Franz Liszt Academy during the period in which it turned out its finest pupils, one would think that Hubay's credentials would be more than sufficient to sustain his posthumous reputation. However, as an ardent foe of Communism, and also Joachim after a nasty rupture in their relations, and as a man who married into the nobility, Hubay seems to have been a Hungarian on the wrong side of all the issues that counted in the years following World War II. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, interest in Hubay is slowly coming back, and Music and Arts' set Jenö Hubay: Scènes de la Csarda goes a long way to restoring his primacy. Jenö Hubay: Scènes de la Csarda is a two-disc survey featuring digital recordings of Hubay's music on the first disc, played with brilliance and gusto by violinist Charles Castleman, along with historical recordings on the second disc featuring Hubay himself and a number of his pupils interpreting his works. The pupils here are not minor-league violinists, but include such stellar names as Jelly d'Aranyi, Mary Zentay, Franz von Vecsey, and Joseph Szigeti. In the newer recordings, made with the Eastman Chamber Orchestra led by Mendi Rodan, Castleman is superb, playing these Hubay pieces with authority, sensitivity, and fire. The Eastman Chamber Orchestra seems a bit uneasy at times, as the pieces are mostly unfamiliar and hinge strongly on what cues the soloist provides, but the ensemble does pull it off. The audio quality on the historical recordings is understandably variable, coming as they do from studios all over the world and ranging chronologically from 1917 to 1959. In general the quality of the transfers, made by Graham Wilson and Ed Wilkinson, are excellent. Violinists who are looking to expand their repertoire into the realm of Hubay will find a lot of stimulation with Jenö Hubay: Scènes de la Csarda. Others might tire of the relentless Hungarian Rhapsody format that Hubay prefers -- the slow lassú flowed by the sprightly friska. The best solution to that challenge is to take Jenö Hubay: Scènes de la Csarda in small doses to maximize one's enjoyment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Music & Arts Program
  • UPC: 017685116421
  • Catalog Number: 1164
  • Sales rank: 335,819

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scenes from Czardas No. 8 for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Azt mondják nem adnak" (They Say They Don't Give Me)), Op. 60 - Jenö Hubay & Charles Castleman (9:59)
  2. 2 Scenes From Czardas No. 3 for violin & piano ("Maros Vize"), Op. 18 - Jenö Hubay & Charles Castleman (7:16)
  3. 3 Scenes From Czardas No. 2 for violin & piano ("Kis furulyám szomorúfuz ága"), Op. 13 - Jenö Hubay & Charles Castleman (12:52)
  4. 4 Scenes from Czardas No. 12 for violin & piano ("Pici Tubicam"), Op. 83 - Jenö Hubay & Charles Castleman (7:32)
  5. 5 Scenes from Czardas No. 7 for violin & piano ("Kossuth's melody"), Op. 41 - Jenö Hubay & Charles Castleman (8:29)
  6. 6 Scenes from Czardas No. 5 for violin & piano ("Hullàmzò Balaton"), Op. 33 - Jenö Hubay & Charles Castleman (6:03)
  7. 7 Scenes from Czardas No. 14, for violin & piano ("On the Themes of Lavotta"), Op. 117 - Jenö Hubay & Charles Castleman (10:00)
  8. 8 Scenes From Czardas No. 4 for violin & piano ("Hejre Kati"), Op. 32 - Jenö Hubay & Charles Castleman (5:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A cremonai hegedus (The Violin Maker of Cremona), opera: Intermezzo - Jenö Hubay & Jenö Hubay (4:15)
  2. 2 Poèmes hongrois, for violin & piano, Op. 27 - Jenö Hubay & Jelly d'Aranyi (2:07)
  3. 3 A cremonai hegedus (The Violin Maker of Cremona), opera: Intermezzo - Jenö Hubay & Waldemar Liachowsky (3:49)
  4. 4 Blumenleben (6) for violin & piano, No. 5 Zephyr, Op. 30/5 - Jenö Hubay & Michael Raucheisen (3:23)
  5. 5 Scenes from Czardas No. 5 for violin & piano ("Hullàmzò Balaton"), Op. 33 - Jenö Hubay & Michael Raucheisen (4:35)
  6. 6 Mazurka for violin & piano in A minor, Op. 45/1 - Jenö Hubay & Ibolyka Gyárfás (3:28)
  7. 7 Scenes from Czardas No. 8 for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Azt mondják nem adnak" (They Say They Don't Give Me)), Op. 60 - Jenö Hubay & Jacques Grunberg (4:03)
  8. 8 A cremonai hegedus (The Violin Maker of Cremona), opera: Intermezzo - Jenö Hubay & Franz von Vecsey (3:48)
  9. 9 Scenes from Czardas No. 12 for violin & piano ("Pici Tubicam"), Op. 83 - Jenö Hubay & Duci de Kerekjárto (4:10)
  10. 10 Scenes From Czardas No. 2 for violin & piano ("Kis furulyám szomorúfuz ága"), Op. 13 - Jenö Hubay & Maurice Eisner (4:02)
  11. 11 Impressions de la Puszta, for violin & piano, Op. 44: Les Fileuses - Jenö Hubay & Gerald Moore (4:04)
  12. 12 Scenes From Czardas No. 4 for violin & piano ("Hejre Kati"), Op. 32 - Jenö Hubay & Emil Telmanyi (6:24)
  13. 13 Scenes From Czardas No. 2 for violin & piano ("Kis furulyám szomorúfuz ága"), Op. 13 - Jenö Hubay & Ferenc Fricsay (9:09)
  14. 14 Scenes From Czardas No. 3 for violin & piano ("Maros Vize"), Op. 18 - Jenö Hubay & Andor Foldes (6:47)
  15. 15 Blumenleben (6) for violin & piano, No. 5 Zephyr, Op. 30/5 - Jenö Hubay & Joseph Szigeti (3:32)
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Charles Castleman Primary Artist
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