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Cello Recital: Kosower, Mark - BARTOK, B. / DOHNANYI, E. / KODALY, Z. / LISZT, F. / (Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano)

Artist(s) Kosower, Mark, cello • Oh, Jee-Won, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570570
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This anthology of Hungarian music for cello and piano ranges widely from Liszt’s haunting The Nonnenwerth Cloisters and two salon pieces by the great 19th century cello virtuoso Popper, to composers of the 20th century. Bartók’s First Rhapsody is an original folk-song arrangement intended to popularise the composer’s music as part of a lighter genre. Dohnányi’s Sonata in B flat, Op. 8, for cello and piano, is a formidable work in four movements written in the tradition of the great Romantic sonata. Rósza’s Toccata capricciosa, a fantasy on Hungarian themes, is a virtuosic tour-de-force for solo cello.


Review By Mark Kosower,St. Petersburg Times,April 2010

Kosower has a marvelously rich sound. He is a forceful interpreter of demanding works like Dohnányi’s Sonata and Rozsa’s Toccata capricciosa. Oh brings authority to the repertoire as a former assistant to János Starker, the great Hungarian cellist.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,July 2008

Here’s a generous tour through cello music from the most famous Hungarian composers over the past hundred and fifty years, though most works were not originally intended for that instrument. From Liszt;s Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth (The Nonnenwerth Cloisters), a work originally for voice and piano, to Rosza’s 1976 virtuoso showpiece, Toccata capriccioso, at the heart of this disc, and its most substantial piece, is the Dohnanyi’s Sonata in B flat minor dating from 1899. The disc opens with Bartok’s arrangement of his First Rhapsody written for the great violinist, Joseph Szigeti, and soon after its completion transcribed for cello and piano. It takes well to both instruments, the folk-song idiom well served by Bartok’s pungent harmonies.



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