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Track(s) taken from CDA67441/2

Scènes de la csárda No 1, Op 9


Hagai Shaham (violin), Arnon Erez (piano)
Recording details: April 1998
Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel
Produced by Eric Wen
Engineered by Vadim Beili
Release date: March 2004
Total duration: 3 minutes 19 seconds


'If ever there were a case of 'the singer, not the song' it's here with these Scènes de la csárda, attractive music played with the sort of heart-tugging abandon that many of us only know from old 78s. A happy tale from start to finish, kitsch of the highest order served with style and panache by Shaham and his excellent pianist Arnon Erez. With comprehensive annotation by Amnon Shaham and first rate production by Eric Wen (a fine violinist and teacher) this seems set to become a benchmark recording' (Gramophone)

'It's music that needs passionate advocacy if it's not to sound trite, and Hagai Shaham, who's already made an outstanding disc of two of Hubay's Violin Concertos, has it in his soul' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Hagai Shaham has tremendous flair, extraordinary technical facility, and an organic musical sense that makes it difficult to stop listening' (American Record Guide)

'The quality and commitment of the playing, beautifully recorded, gives considerable if unchallenging pleasure' (The Strad)

'Hagai Shaham's achievement here is heroic, and a monument to violin playing … if you are a violin sort of person, and the repertoire appeals, then buy these discs with confidence, as a tribute to a unique act of devotion to the cause by Shaham and Erez' (Fanfare, USA)

'Scènes de la csárda could certainly be one of the records of the year' (Classical Source)

'Voici sans doute le plus bel hommage rendu au père fondateur de l'école hongroise de violon … un répertoire rare, servi de magistrale façon' (Diapason, France)
The first of the Scènes de la csárda begins with a gypsy-style violin solo which leads into a passionate melody accompanied by the piano imitating the cimbalom with its typical tremolo and arpeggio effects. Two contrasting melodies follow: a jolly dance theme and slower melody (with a set of variations), which originally accompanied the words ‘Draw the bow bitterly, ’til my heart breaks’.

from notes by Amnon Shaham © 2004

La première des Scènes de la csárda s’ouvre sur un solo de violon très gitan, qui conduit à une mélodie passionnée accompagnée par un piano qui imite le cimbalom et ses effets typiques de trémolos et d’arpèges. Deux mélodies contrastées suivent cette introduction: une danse joyeuse et une mélodie plus lente avec un ensemble de variations. À l’origine, cette mélodie accompagnait les mots «Tends ton arc amèrement, jusqu’à ce que brise mon cœur».

extrait des notes rédigées par Amnon Shaham © 2004
Français: Marie Luccheta

Die erste der Scènes de la csárda beginnt mit einem zigeunerhaften Violinsolo, das zu einer leidenschaftlichen Melodie, hinüberleitet und vom Klavier begleitet wird, das das Cimbalo mit den typischen Tremolo- und Arpeggio-Effekten imitiert. Darauf folgen zwei kontrastierende Melodien: ein fröhliches Tanzthema und eine langsamere Melodie (mit Variationen), die ursprünglich den Text „Streich den Bogen bitterlich, bis mein Herz bricht“ hatte.

aus dem Begleittext von Amnon Shaham © 2004
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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