GYÖRGY KÓSA (1897-1984): Chamber Music with Viola, Vol. 2 - Trio for Flute, Viola and Cello, Supplication to St Blaise for Baritone, Flute, Bassoon and Viola, 5 Sacred Songs for Tenor, Baritone and Viola.

Catalogue Number: 08T048

Label: Hungaroton

Reference: HCD 32718

Format: CD

Price: $19.98

Description: Kósa counted Bartók, Kodály and Dohnányi among his teachers, which is a recommendation in itself. Traces of all three can be found in his personal idiom. The Trio, lyrical and eloquent, with an impassioned final movement, was written in 1941, when the storm was breaking in Europe; its three instruments have been interpreted as representing the composer's family and the music is related to his 1946 String Trio, which laments the loss of his family in the war. The other works, from 1936 and 1967, set very different texts by Mihály Babits. Sacred Songs, written while the storm-clouds were gathering, forms a dramatic arc from defiance through prayer to reconciliation with God, and the music thus covers a wide emotional range. Supplication is an intense 'cantata' setting a pessimistic, desperate plea as the poet prepared for surgery for throat cancer in urgent music that alternates anger, fear and reflection. No texts. Dirk Hegemann (viola), Lóránt Najbauer (baritone), Dániel Pataky (tenor), Tatjana Ruhland (flute), Marc Engelhardt (bassoon), Fionn Bockenmühl (cello).

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