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ROZSA: Music for Violin and Piano

Composer(s):Rozsa, Miklos
Artist(s) Wolfram, William, piano • Quint, Philippe, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570190
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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One of the pre-eminent composers of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Miklós Rózsa was also a committed writer of works for the concert hall. The overtly Hungarian Variations and Peasant Songs and Dances, two of only three Rózsa works to use actual folk melodies, are early works (1921-31). Over 50 years later, at a time when illness forced him to concentrate principally on music for single instruments, Rózsa wrote his Sonata for Solo Violin, the most complex, challenging and dissonant of his late works.

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Review By Arthur Kaptainis,Montreal Gazette,October 2007

Naxos strikes again, with a fascinating collection of violin works by Miklos Rozsa (1907–1995), whose day job for 46 years was producing scores to such films as Spellbound and Ben-Hur. The early post-conservatory items from Europe are written in a folkish style reminiscent of, though less gritty than, Kodaly and Bartok. Bartok again comes to mind, along with Eugene Ysaye, in the Solo Sonata of 1986, written after Rozsa had given up the silver screen. It is a vibrant and challenging piece in a chromatic language that is by no means cinema-schmaltzy. Philippe Quint, a young Russian-American, makes an affirmative case for the music. A must-have for fiddle fans.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,November 2007

This is the second Naxos disc that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth in Hungary of Miklos Rozsa. Now more popularly remembered as a composer of many film scores, his musical life started at the age of seven as a prodigy composer and violinist, his mature studies as a composer having taken place in Leipzig. It was a visit to London where he met the film producer Alexander Korda that sparked an interest in work for the cinema. He left with Korda at the outset of the Second World War to seek refuge in Hollywood and settled in the United States for the remainder of his life. His contract with MGM film studio stipulated a three month break in each year so that he could concentrate on his ‘serious’ composing, but the works on this disc come at each end of that part



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