Kodály & Dohnányi: Chamber Works for Strings

Kodály & Dohnányi: Chamber Works for Strings

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Total playing time [70:19]

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Simon Smith (violin)
Clare Hayes (violin)
Paul Silverthorne (viola)
Katherine Jenkinson (cello)

Following on from his acclaimed Resonus debut of solo works by Bartók and Kurtág (Signs, Games & Messages – RES10167), virtuoso violinist Simon Smith returns to the label with an enticing programme of chamber works for strings by Zoltán Kodály and Ernő Dohnányi.

Joined by colleagues Clare Hayes (violin), Paul Silverthorne (viola) & Katherine Jenkinson (cello), Smith presents three seminal chamber works from the first half of the twentieth century, performed with considerable élan by this exceptional collaboration.

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967)
Duo for Violin & Cello, Op. 7
1. Allegro serioso, non troppo
2. Adagio
3. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento – Presto

Serenade for Two Violins & Viola, Op. 12
4. Allegramente
5. Lento, ma non troppo
6. Vivo

Ernő Dohnányi (1877–1960)
Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10
7. Marcia
8. Romanza
9. Scherzo
10. Tema con variazioni
11. Rondo (Finale)

'[...] there is a freshness to the playing and delight in the felicitous writing. [...] Smith and his fellow musicians respond with focus and verve in a fine follow-up to last year’s solo recital on the same label.'

- Classical Music Magazine (5 stars)

'Like the Duo for Violin and Cello, Op 7, the Serenade abounds with acerbic Hungarian folk motifs and rhythms, energetically defined by these seasoned players. Ernő Dohnányi’s Serenade for String Trio, Op 10 from 1902 is rooted more in the Brahmsian tradition, though Hungarian passion keeps bubbling to the surface.'
The Observer

'[...] there is a freshness to the playing and delight in the felicitous writing. [...] Smith and his fellow musicians respond with focus and verve in a fine follow-up to last year’s solo recital on the same label.'
Classical Music Magazine (5 stars)

'Lively, refined performances of two significant 20th-century Hungarians'
BBC Music Magazine

'[...] a delicious finish to the brisk, zesty performance of the Serenade that ends this disc of Hungarian chamber music from four London-based string players.'
Gramophone

'The works on the disc provide a nice contrast in styles and attitude, representing the development of Hungarian music. Whilst I enjoyed the Dohnanyi, it is for the terrific performances of the Kodaly that I will return to the disc.'
Planet Hugill

'This is a very welcome release of lesser known but significant works for strings from the first half of the twentieth century. The performances are fresh and polished.'
Lark Reviews

Credits
© 2017 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2017 Resonus LImited
Catalogue No. RES10181
Producer & Engineer: Michael Ponder
Executive Producer: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262790861