Ferenc Farkas: Choral Music

Ferenc Farkas: Choral Music

Toccata Classics continues its exploration of the music of the Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas (1905–2000) with this selection from his huge output of choral music, ranging in mood from the folklike simplicity of the Missa Secunda in honorem Sanctae Margaritae and his bright carol settings via the asperity of some late a cappella pieces to the fresh and buoyant Christmas Cantata. This recording is also the first by the new London-based chamber choir Ascolta.

Ascolta; Ascolta Chamber Ensemble; Peter Broadbent, conductor;

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Catalogue No: TOCC0296
EAN/UPC: 5060113442963
Release Date: 04.09.2015
Composer: Ferenc Farkas
Artists: Ascolta, Ascolta Chamber Ensemble, Peter Broadbent

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Missa Secunda in honorem Sanctae Margaritae: I Kyrie
  2. Missa Secunda in honorem Sanctae Margaritae: II Gloria
  3. Missa Secunda in honorem Sanctae Margaritae: III Sanctus
  4. Missa Secunda in honorem Sanctae Margaritae: IV Benedictus
  5. Missa Secunda in honorem Sanctae Margaritae: V Agnus Dei
  6. Epigramma de suo libro
  7. Hymnus ad Sanctum Emericum
  8. Rubaiyat
  9. Enek Szent Erzsebetrol
  10. Emmaus: Cantata after St Luke
  11. Ave Maris Stella
  12. Je Suis l’Archange de Dieu
  13. Dans Cette Etable
  14. Quitter Pasteurs
  15. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  16. Christmas Cantata: I Prelude (organ) and chorus a cappella
  17. Christmas Cantata: II Narration and men’s chorus with ensemble
  18. Christmas Cantata: III Narration and women’s chorus with ensemble
  19. Christmas Cantata: IV Narration and men’s chorus with ensemble
  20. Christmas Cantata: V Ritornello (organ) and chorus a cappella
  21. Christmas Cantata: VI Narration and solo trio with ensemble
  22. Christmas Cantata: VII Narration and women’s chorus with ensemble
  23. Christmas Cantata: VIII Narration and solo trio with ensemble
  24. Christmas Cantata: IX Narration, ritornello (organ) and chorus a cappella
  25. Christmas Cantata: X Narration, men’s chorus with ensemble and pastorale
  26. Christmas Cantata: XI Finale

1 review for Ferenc Farkas: Choral Music

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    “The Missa Secunda in honorem Sanctae Margaritae was composed in 1964 but subject to a series of revisions, the most important being the inclusion of the Sanctus and Benedictus. … Farkas has the gift of knowing precisely when to simplify and when to amplify the texts. Since the passages concern the days after Christ’s crucifixion when Cleopas relates the story of the discovery of his tomb, it requires sensitive word setting. The amplitude and breadth of the music is especially distinctive.
    The other large-scale work is the Christmas Cantata of 1970, set for narrator, mixed choir, organ and an instrumental ensemble. … Elements here must reflect an earlier interest in folkloric music as there are some rustic cadences as well as passages that sound as if they could derive from a musical… this is an engaging, light-hearted work. …
    László Gombos, who knew Farkas, contributes a splendid booklet note, to which I’m indebted for detail. This is the first recording from a new group, Ascolta, which has young professional singers and post-graduate students in its ranks. … Peter Broadbent, no stranger to Hungarian music, directs them with imagination and control. Those who have followed the Farkas trail thus far will want to expand their horizons with this disc.” –Music Web International, December 2015

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