Dance! - Bartok, Dvorak, Kodaly etc.
It's performed by two top Dutch musicians: violin virtuoso Cécile Huijnen is first concert master of The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held since 2000, and Marieke Grotenhuis is one of the foremost accordionists in the Netherlands.
The music ranges from the popular - Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances, one of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances and his Humoresque, and three Hungarian Dances by Brahms - to the rarely heard. The latter include Kodály's Three Hungarian Dances, the inspiration for which was found early in his youth, from gipsy concerts in his birthplace Galantá, and a 1905 adagio originally written for a sonata for viola and piano.
'Abodah' was written by the Jewish-Swiss-American composer Ernst Bloch in 1929 for the then 12-year-old violinist Yehudi Menuhin. In his four-part 'Histoire du Tango' (two of the pieces are performed here), originally written for flute and guitar, Astor Piazzolla painted the musical history of the tango. The disc ends with 'Souvenir' by Slovakian-German composer Ladislav Kupkovic (b.1936), "a frivolous piece, with lots of fun and puns about violin techniques" in Cécile Huijnen's description. Violinist Gidon Kremer has proven himself to be a real ambassador for the work, regularly performing it in concerts.
Personnel: Cécile Huijnen (violin), Marieke Grotenhuis (accordion)
- Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances op. 7
- Antonín Dvorák: Slavonic Dance op. 46, no. 1
- Antonín Dvorák: Humoresque op. 101 no. 7
- Zoltán Kodály: Adagio
- Zoltán Kodály: Three Hungarian Dances, I. Moderato assai e molto espressivo
- II. Allegro
- III. Presto con fuoco
- Ernest Bloch: Abodah (a Yom Kippur melody)
- Johannes Brahms: From Hungarian Dances - No. 6, Allegro
- No. 7, Allegretto
- No. 1, Allegro Molto
- Ástor Piazzolla: From Histoire du Tango - Cafe 1930
- Nightclub 1960
- Ladislav Kupkovic: Souvenir
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