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Track(s) taken from CDA67903

Three Hungarian Folk-Tunes, Sz66

composer
1914-18; published by Boosey & Hawkes, New York, in the 1942 volume Homage to Paderewksi

Jonathan Plowright (piano)
Recording details: January 2011
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 2011
Total duration: 3 minutes 15 seconds

Cover artwork: Adaptation of the cover illustration for Homage to Paderewski (Boosey & Hawkes, 1942).
 
Homage to Paderewski (Boosey & Hawkes, 1942)
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Maestoso  [1'20]

Reviews

'Performances of a superlative technique and musicianship. Pianism and sheer musical quality of this order are rare at any time, and Hyperion's recordings … are exemplary' (Gramophone)

'This is a fascinating document. Pieces by Martinů and Castelnuovo-Tedesco are among the gems … overall more reflective than virtuosic, this disc allows Plowright to show off his superb command of texture and colour' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is an enchanting follow-up to Jonathan Plowright’s 'Hommage à Chopin' disc (CDA67803), and, like that one, it is an eclectic mix of music focused on a central figure … many of the composers have now disappeared into the mists of time, but all of these miniatures are well worth the warmth, affection, lyrical beauty and bravura that Plowright devotes to them … the 24 tracks also include music by Britten, Bartók and Milhaud, adding to a disc that makes a welcome change in being conceived with such imagination. Plowright’s playing throughout is sublime' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Jonathan Plowright's sumptuous range of colours and dynamic control [is] much in evidence … any pianophile will surely find it interesting to have a glimpse into music by the composers of the day. One can find no fault, too, with Hyperion's well-balanced, warmly recorded sound' (International Record Review)
The 1942 Boosey & Hawkes publication opens with the Three Hungarian Folk-Tunes Sz66 (BB80b) by Béla Bartók, which were composed many years before the commission, in 1914–18. The Hungarian characteristics of these pieces include the use of modal melodies based on the Mixolydian and Dorian scales and frequent melodic leaps of the fourth as found in the last two folksongs.

from notes by Joseph A Herter © 2011

Le volume Boosey & Hawkes s’ouvre sur les Trois airs folkloriques hongrois Sz66 (BB80b) de Béla Bartók, composés en 1914–18, bien avant la commande de 1941. Parmi les hungarismes de ces pièces, citons l’usage de mélodies modales fondées sur les gammes mixolydienne et dorienne, ainsi que de fréquents sauts de quarte mélodiques (dans les deux derniers chants).

extrait des notes rédigées par Joseph A Herter © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Das Boosey & Hawkes-Album von 1942 beginnt mit den Drei ungarischen Volksliedern Sz66 (BB80b) von Béla Bartók, die 1914–18 komponiert wurden, also lange vor dem Auftrag. Zu den ungarischen Merkmalen dieser Stücke gehören modale Melodien, die auf der mixolydischen und der dorischen Skala basieren, sowie häufige melodische Quartsprünge, z. B. in den letzten beiden Volksliedern.

aus dem Begleittext von Joseph A Herter © 2011
Deutsch: Christiane Frobenius

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