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Track(s) taken from CDA67441/2

Scènes de la csárda No 6 'Sárga cserebogár', Op 34


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: 6 minutes 31 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)
Dedicated to the French virtuoso violinist Emile Sauret, No 6 is subtitled ‘The yellow beetle’ on account of the words which accompany the opening melody: ‘Beetle, yellow beetle, I don’t ask you, when the summer comes’. After the quicker theme elaborated by variations, an interlude of harmonics imitating birds precedes a dance-like melody. The final quick tune is made up of two motifs. The first one is a variation of the opening melody in the major key, and the second employs sforzando chords.

from notes by Amnon Shaham © 2004

Dédicacé au violoniste virtuose français Emile Sauret, ce sixième morceau est sous-titré «Le scarabée jaune» à cause des paroles de la mélodie d’ouverture: «Scarabée, scarabée jaune, je ne te demande pas quand vient l’été». Après un thème plus rapide élaboré par des variations, un interlude d’harmoniques imitant les oiseaux précède une mélodie à la manière d’une danse. Le dernier air, rapide et entraînant, est constitué par deux motifs. Le premier est une variation sur la mélodie d’ouverture dans le ton majeur, et le second emploie des accords sforzando.

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

Nr. 6 ist dem französischen Geigenvirtuosen Emile Sauret gewidmet und trägt den Untertitel „Der gelbe Käfer“ aufgrund der Worte, die die Anfangsmelodie begleiten: „Käfer, gelber Käfer, ich frage dich nicht, wann der Sommer kommt“. Nach einem schnelleren Thema das von Variationen verziert wird, geht ein Zwischenspiel mit Flageolett-Tönen, die die Vögel nachahmen, einer tanzartigen Melodie voran. Die rasche Schlussmelodie besteht aus zwei Motiven. Das erste ist eine Variation der Anfangsmelodie in Dur und im zweiten erklingen Sforzando-Akkorde.

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

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