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Track(s) taken from CDA67829

Romance lyrique


Natalie Clein (cello), Julius Drake (piano)
Recording details: November 2009
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Produced by Simon Kiln
Engineered by Arne Akselberg
Release date: June 2010
Total duration: 4 minutes 33 seconds

Cover artwork: Illustration by Sara Fanelli.

The Romance lyrique is a very early work indeed, composed in 1898 by the teenage Kodály while he was still living in the village of Nagyszombat (now Trnava in Slovakia), where his father was stationmaster. Immature it may possibly be, and not wholly free of a hint of the salon, but it has a heart-easing main tune and a wonderful ardent lyricism in the spirit of Brahms, Dohnányi and Dvorák (whose Cello Concerto it seems to quote at the end of its central section).

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

La Romance lyrique est une authentique page de jeunesse, composée en 1898 par un Kodály adolescent vivant encore à Nagyszombat, le village où son père travaillait. Cette œuvre, qu’on peut trouver immature et pas totalement affranchie du salon, a une mélodie principale dulcifiante et un merveilleux lyrisme ardent, dans l’esprit de Brahms, de Dohnányi et de Dvorák (dont le Concerto pour violoncelle paraît cité à la fin de la section centrale).

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Die Romance lyrique entstand 1898, als Kodály knapp 16 Jahre alt war und noch in dem Dorf Nagyszombat lebte, wo sein Vater arbeitete. Es mag vielleicht unausgereift und nicht ganz frei von Anklängen an Salonmusik sein, hat jedoch eine herzerfrischende Hauptmelodie und wunderbar glühende Lyrik im Geist von Brahms, Dohnányi und Dvorák (dessen Cellokonzert es am Ende des Mittelteils zu zitieren scheint).

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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