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Nr katalogowy: BMCCD 143
Nośnik: 1 CD
EAN: 5998309301438
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Epoka muzyczna: 20 wiek do 1960
Obszar (język): węgierski
Instrumenty: fortepian

Kodaly: Piano Works

BMC Records - BMCCD 143
Adrienne Krausz, piano
Nine Piano Pieces Op.3
Méditation sur un motif de Claude Debussy (1907)
Valsette (1905)
Seven Piano Pieces Op.11
Dances of Marosszék
Piano music may not be the first genre with which one associates Kodály and in later life he made some nasty comments about the instrument. But between 1905 and 1918 Kodály devoted a considerable part of his compositional energy to the instrument and these works were crucial both in his absorption of what were then modernist tendencies and in the establishment of his unique musical personality.

The Nine Pieces Op.3 are all heavily influenced by Debussy, whose music Kodály had become intimately familiar with while studying in Paris in 1904. Each one sets a different compositional problem: different uses of dissonance, construction of chords, chromaticism and so on. Yet several also betray the Hungarian folk element with which the composer was to become so closely identified. For me numbers 4 and 9 contain the most beautiful music, while the experimental elements of numbers 1 and 5 are impressive in a different way. Number 7 is interesting because of its use of tonality. In all these pieces Ms. Krausz shows just the proper touch for this music; her musical discrimination is admirable.

The composer actually wrote a tenth piece for Op.3, a Valsette, but published it separately. Perhaps he felt it did not fit in with the seriousness of the other pieces in the cycle. In 1907, before the creation of Op. 3 he wrote the wonderful Méditation sur un motif de Claude Debussy. The motif is a quote from Debussy’s String Quartet. This is a leaner and less chordal work than most of Op. 3 and better demonstrates the transformation of the composer’s esthetic from impressionism to folklore. Kodaly’s development of the music inherent in Debussy’s theme and his original use of the whole-tone scale make this a highlight of his early works.

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