Ferenc Farkas (1905–2000) was one of the longest-lived members of the wave of Hungarian nationalist composers which began with the rise of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. A student of Ottorino Respighi in Rome, Farkas blended Respighi’s Latin melodiousness with the Magyar folk-heritage that Bartók and Kodály had made the central element of Hungarian music. His Old Hungarian Dances of the 17th Century have become a staple of the wind-quintet repertoire; the other five works on this disk display the same irrepressible joie de vivre.
Ulrike Schneider, mezzo soprano Daniel Dodds, violin Dieter Lange, double-bass Phoebus Quintet, wind quintet Christoph Bösch, flute Barbara Zumthurn-Nünlist, oboe Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet Martinů Roos, horn Susan Landert, bassoon
Quattro Pezzi for double-bass and woodwind quintet https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0019/TOCC0019t04.mp3
Gyümölcskosar (Fruit Basket) Song-cycle for soprano and wind quintet based on poems by Sándor Weöres (1980) [Song-cycle for soprano and wind quintet based on poems by Sàndor Weöres (1913t89)] https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0019/TOCC0019t08.mp3
Antiche danze ungheresi del 17. secolo (Old Hungarian Dances of the 17th Century) for woodwind quintet https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0019/TOCC0019t20.mp3
Lavottiana for woodwind quintet https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0019/TOCC0019t26.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0019EAN/UPC: 5060113440198Release Date: 02.04.2006Composer: Ferenc Farkas Artists: Barbara Zumthurn-Nünlist, Christoph Bösch, Daniel Dodds, Dieter Lange, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Martinů Roos, Phoebus Quintet, Susan Landert, Ulrike Schneider
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Hubert Culot :
“…the music is extremely appealing, superbly crafted and warmly expressive.[…] I thoroughly enjoyed this generously filled, superbly played and well recorded release. Why is music such as this not heard more often, let alone recorded? Where would we be without all these smaller, independent and enterprising labels who bravely record unfamiliar, but generously rewarding repertoire? In short, full marks to all concerned. A really lovely disc to be enjoyed from first to last.” —Hubert Culot, MusicWeb International
Paul Sarcich :
“You couldn’t ask for more, and it just makes you realise that it’s true what they say: forget the majors, it’s the dedicated, music-driven indies who are doing the real work. Thank you all concerned, for giving me Ferenc Farkas.” —Paul Sarcich, Music & Vision
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