- Gergelyjárás (St. Gregory's Day), for high voice chorus
- Lengyel László (King Ladislaus' Men or Magyars and Germans), for high voice chorus
- Pünkösdölo (Whitsuntide), for high voice chorus
- Liszt Ferenchez (Ode to Liszt), for chorus
- Budavári Te Deum (Te Deum of Buda Castle), for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ ad lib.
- Jézus és a kufárok (Jesus and the Traders), for chorus
- Öregek (The Aged), for chorus
- Székely keserves (Transylvanian Lament), folksong for chorus
- Mátrai képek (Mátra Pictures), for chorus
Here's an enjoyable sampling of Zoltán Kodály's unaccompanied choral music that touches both on pieces for children and those for a mixed adult choir. This is of considerable interest. Kodály's ideas about music education grew out of his compositional activities, not the other way around, and the works for children's choir -- the first three on the disc -- bear family resemblances to the others, although they are certainly written at a more accessible level. Much of the music carries a combination, unique to Kodály, of programmatic detail and quotation of folk song. Although the booklet notes attribute the comparative obscurity of Kodály's music to the unfamiliarity of the Hungarian language, the compilers have not seen fit to include translations or even Hungarian texts. The booklet complicates things by using the Hungarian titles, which don't always match the ones appearing in the tracklist; "King Ladislaus' Men -- or, Magyars and Germans" appears in the notes, which explains the children's game on which the music is based, as Lengyel László. Nevertheless, there is enough in the booklet to let you get the drift of some of the pieces, and these are consistently lovely. "The Aged" (track 7) has an almost Bachian sweetness as it depicts serenity in the face of approaching death. Two of the works -- the children's "Whitsuntide" and the adult "Mátra Pictures" -- are extended structures with an almost collage-like feel. Both choirs, under veteran Hungarian Haydn specialist Adám Fischer, are well-trained and sensitive; the MR Children's Choir is downright impressive. It's enough to make any listener, and especially any choir director, want to get to know this music better.