Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano

Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano

by Mark Kosower


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Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2008
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313057078
catalogNumber: 8570570


  1. Rhapsody for cello & piano, Sz. 88, BB 94c

    1. Prima parte  (04:41)
    2. Seconda parte (with alternate ending)  (06:07)
  2. Elegie: Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth (IVa), for violin or cello & piano, S. 382 (LW D21)  (05:47)
  3. Pieces (3) for cello & piano, Op 11: 3. Mazurka

    1. 3. Mazurka  (03:56)
  4. Adagio for violin (or viola or cello) & piano  (08:25)
  5. Ruralia Hungarica: Andande rubato, alla zingaresca, for cello & piano, Op. 32d  (06:55)
  6. Spanish Dance & Serenade, for cello & piano, Op. 54: 2. Serenade

    1. 2. Serenade  (03:55)
  7. Sonata for cello & piano in B flat major, Op. 8

    1. Allegro ma non troppo  (07:58)
    2. Scherzo: Vivace assai  (05:23)
    3. Adagio ma non troppo  (03:12)
    4. Tema con variazioni: Allegro moderato  (10:07)
  8. Toccata capricciosa for cello, Op. 36  (07:34)

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