Ferenc Farkas: Complete Chamber Music for Cello, Volume One

Toccata Classics continues its exploration of the music of the Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas (1905–2000) with this first of two releases of his chamber works for cello. As with previous albums in this series, the music here features the characteristics that make Farkas’ music so appealing: catchy tunes, transparent textures, buoyant rhythms and a fondness for Baroque forms and folk-dances. Some of these pieces speak a tougher language that show Farkas to have been in touch with his times, but it is the infectious melodic appeal of most of the music here that carries the day.

Miklós Perényi, cello
Dénes Várjon, piano (Tracks 1 – 8 , 12–28)
Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz, mezzo-soprano (Tracks 17 – 28)
Kristóf Baráti, violin (Tracks 17 – 28)
Lajos Rozmán, clarinet (Tracks 17 – 28)

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Catalogue No: TOCC0345
EAN/UPC: 5060113443458
Release Date: 01.10.2016
Composer: Ferenc Farkas
Artists: Dénes Várjon, Kristóf Baráti, Lajos Rozmán, Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz, Miklós Perényi

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Alla danza ungherese No. 2 (1934)*
  2. All’antica (1962)*

  3. I Pastorale
  4. II Aria con variazioni
  5. III Giga
  6. Ballade (1963)
  7. Folksong Sonatina (1955)*

  8. I Allegro moderato
  9. II Andante espressivo
  10. III Allegro
  11. Sonata for violoncello solo (1932)*

  12. I Allegro
  13. II Andante
  14. III Allegro molto
  15. Arioso (1926)
  16. Quattro pezzi (1965)*

  17. I Intrada
  18. I Scherzo
  19. I Petit poème
  20. I Rondo
  21. Gyümölcskosár (‘Fruit Basket’; 1946)**
    Song-cycle for soprano, violin, clarinet, cello and piano baased on poems by Sándor Weöres

  22. I Gáspár (‘Caspar’)
  23. II Ládika (‘The Magic Box’)
  24. III Marasztalás (‘Sunbeams’)
  25. IV Falusi reggel (‘Morning in the Village’)
  26. V Mondóka (‘Violets’)
  27. VI A köbéka (‘The Stone Frog’)
  28. VII Altatódal (‘Lullaby’)
  29. VIII Száncsengő (‘Sleigh Bells‘)
  30. IX Békakirály (‘Frog King’)
  31. X A tündér (‘The Little Elf’)
  32. XI Paprika Jancsi szerenádja (‘Harlequin Serenade‘)
  33. XII Déli felhők (‘Midday Cloud’)

*First Recordings
**FIRST RECORDING IN THIS VERSION

2 reviews for Ferenc Farkas: Complete Chamber Music for Cello, Volume One

  1. :

    “I have had the good fortune to review several discs devoted to the music of Ferenc Farkas and of them the ones that have made the greatest impression have been on Toccata. … Alla danza ungherese No. 2 is full of charm and terpsichorean vitality. … The central panel is an Aria con variazioni, which makes me wonder whether Farkas was patterning it after Respighi’s Adagio and variations, but it enshrines definably Debussian harmonies and elements that seem to echo Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte. After the languor and elegant vitality of this, the doughtier Ballade … offers a somewhat different platform for Farkas’s gifts. Despite its name it evinces a turbulent profile – restless, almost defiant. The highlight of the 1955 Folksong Sonatina is the utterly delightful lyricism embedded in its central slow movement but a far greater challenge awaits the performer of the Sonata for solo cello of 1932. This was patterned after Kodály’s great work – written, indeed, as a kind of tribute to it. … Farkas is good at suggestive drone effects and repeated figures that generate apposite tension. But he is also effective at meditative elements, too, and at suggesting the angularity of folk themes. This is an effective work, and it’s beautifully performed here by Miklós Perényi in what is its premiere recording. … The recording quality is fine, and László Gombos’s booklet notes up to this label’s customarily high standard.” –Music Web International, December 2016

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    “The Sonata (1932) is the solo of a program of eight works … Apart from the length, one can see a kinship with the opus 8 of Kodály (1915). The duets with piano form the majority of works, introducing an expert of the Hungarian chamber music: Dénes Várjon… All’antica (1962) is a neo-classical attempt close to the baroque style where once again the virtuosity of Miklós Perényi is measured in the frequentation of his contemporaries – such as Lutosławski and Ligeti… Poignant and passionate, Ballade (1963) gives an overview of expressionist Farkas. As for him, Quattro Pezzi (1965) favours a rhythmic research, evolution of pages that the creator intended to his son András then attached to the study of the double bass. Let’s finish this musical meal with Gyümölcskovár (Fruit Basket, 1946)! … Farkas does not escape, delivering a cycle of twelve melodies full of delicacy, humor and grotesque, intended for adults as for children. The clarinettist Lajos Rozmán and Kristóf Baráti, “an absolute genius of the violin” … join their talent to the musicians already mentioned, while the mezzo of Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz imposes itself, imperial.” –Anaclase, February 2017

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