Ferenc Farkas: Chamber Music, Volume Six

Catalogue No: TOCC0682
EAN/UPC: 5060113446824
Release Date: 2023-05-05
Composer: Ferenc Farkas
Artists: Dénes Várjon, Gyula Stuller, Stuller Quartet, Yukari Shimanuki

This thirteenth release in the Toccata Classics exploration of the music of Ferenc Farkas (1905–2000) puts some of his chamber music with violin in the spotlight – bookended here by two works for string quartet. As with previous albums in this series, the music highlights the characteristics that make Farkas’ music so appealing: catchy tunes, transparent textures, buoyant rhythms, a fondness for Baroque forms and a taste for the folk-music of his native Hungary that marks him out as a true successor to Bartók and Kodály.

Gyula Stuller, violin (5–25)
Yukari Shimanuki, viola (5–14)
Dénes Várjon, piano (15–25)
Stuller Quartet (1–4, 26–28)
Gyula Stuller, Barnabás Stuller, violins
Yukari Shimanuki, viola
Júlia Stuller, cello

Listen To This Recording:

    Piccola musica di concerto for string quartet (1961)

  1. I Allegro
  2. II Andante
  3. III Scherzo
  4. IV Allegro
  5. Ten Studies for violin and viola (1997)*

  6. No. 1 Prelude
  7. No. 2 Chorale
  8. No. 3 Sonatina
  9. No. 4 Träumerei I
  10. No. 5 Pizzicato
  11. No. 6 Träumerei II
  12. No. 7 Game
  13. No. 8 March
  14. No. 9 Nocturne
  15. No. 10 Vision fugitive
  16. Sonatina No. 1 for violin and piano (1930)*

  17. I Allegro con slancio
  18. II Largo
  19. III Presto
  20. Rumanian Folk Dances from Bihar County for violin and piano (1950)*

  21. Rumanian Folk Dances from Bihar County for violin and piano
  22. Sonatina No. 2 for violin and piano (1931)

  23. I Allegro molto
  24. II Andante
  25. III Scherzando
  26. Alla danza ungherese for violin and piano (1934)*

  27. Alla danza ungherese for violin and piano
  28. Sonatina No. 3 for violin and piano (1959)*

  29. I Allegro non troppo
  30. II Andante moderato
  31. III Allegro
  32. String Quartet (1970–72)

  33. I Allegro maestoso – Allegro impetuoso –
  34. II Moderato – Andante –
  35. III Moderato – Allegro svolazzante


1 review for Ferenc Farkas: Chamber Music, Volume Six

  1. :

    ‘[Three Violin Sonatinas] do not sound too difficult to perform and would be wonderful works to include on recitals given by moderately advanced players. […]

    I found both [Rumanian Folk Dances from Bihar County and Alla danza ungherese] most attractive and deserving of wide performance—they would make excellent encore pieces. […]

    The members of the Stuller Quartet and Hungarian pianist Dénes Varjon, all perform their respective works most admirably and idiomatically, in a fashion that surely would have pleased the composer. The lifelike and musical recording, as well as Toccata’s usual thorough program notes, add to the attraction of this release. Readers should not need my urging to acquire this disc, although I’ll urge them anyway.’

    —David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare Magazine, Jan/Feb 2024

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