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Track(s) taken from CDA67441/2

Scènes de la csárda No 5 'Hullámzó Balaton', Op 33


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: 5 minutes 27 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 quiet, emotional song which begins in the low register of the piano is about a young fisherman on Lake Balaton and the loss of his beloved girl, as well as the fish from his net. The piano imitates the cimbalom just before the lively second theme, elaborated later by variations in the violin. (The third variation combines bowed notes with pizzicato chords.) The third melody leads into rapid passagework which juxtaposes surprising harmonies one after the other until the final cadence.

from notes by Amnon Shaham © 2004

La chanson douce et émouvante en ouverture est jouée dans le registre grave du piano et raconte l’histoire d’un jeune pêcheur du lac Balaton qui perd la jeune fille qu’il aime et son filet de pêche. Le piano imite le cimbalom juste avant le deuxième thème plein d’allant, que le violon élabore par la suite, sur des variations. (La troisième variation combine les notes à l’archet et les accords pizzicato.) La troisième mélodie mène à un passage rapide qui juxtapose de surprenantes harmonies l’une après l’autre, jusqu’à la cadence finale.

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

Dieses ruhige, leidenschaftliche Lied beginnt im tiefen Register des Klaviers und handelt von einem jungen Fischer auf dem Balaton-See und dem Verlust seiner Geliebten und dem Ausbleiben der Fische. Das Klavier imitiert das Cimbalo kurz vor dem lebhaften zweiten Thema das später von der Violine mit Variationen ausgeschmückt wird. (In der dritten Variation werden gestrichene Noten mit gezupften Akkorden miteinander kombiniert.) Die dritte Melodie leitet in schnelle Figurationen hinüber, in denen bis zur Schlusskadenz ungewöhnliche Harmonien nebeneinandergestellt werden.

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

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