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CHAN 9754

Kodaly: Missa Brevis

The Classical Shop
release date: September 1999

Originally recorded in 1998

Artists:

Stefan Parkman


Michael W. Hansen

bass*

Torsten Nielsen

bass‡

Maria Streijffert

contralto*

Niels Henrik Nielsen

organ*

Helle Charlotte Pedersen

soprano*

Lars Pedersen

tenor*

Danish National Symphony Choir



Venue:

Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen



Producer:

Claus Due



Engineer:

Jorn Jacobsen



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Choir

Total Time - 53:27
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ZOLTAN KODALY

 

Missa brevis*

30:43  
1 I Introitus 2:30
2 II Kyrie 2:45
3 III Gloria 3:58
4 IV Credo 6:19
5 V Sanctus 2:24
6 VI Benedictus 3:35
7 VII Agnus Dei 6:10
8 VIII Ote, missa est 3:02
   
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Jézus és kufárok

6:33
  Jesus and the traders  
10 

Este†

5:10
   
 

Mátrai képek‡

11:00  
  Mátra pictures  
11 'A Vidrócki híres nyája' - 5:06
  The famous herd of Vidróczki  
12 'Elmegyek' - 1:10
  I'm leaving  
13 'Madárka' - 1:08
  Birdie  
14 'Sej, a tari réten' - 1:06
  In the meadow at Tar  
15 'Két tyñkom tavalyi' 2:31
  Two hens, last year's  
Stefan Parkman conducts the Danish National Radio Choir in this wonderful addition to Chandos’ Kodály discography.

The works encompass a third of a century and display Kodály’s mastery of the art of choral composition. Convinced of the importance of group singin, he was unique in his concentration on choral music, which make up the greater part of his later output.

In 1905 Kodály embarked on the first of many folksong-collecting tours throughout Hungary, often in co-operation with his contemporary and compatriot Béla Bartók. While the melodic and rhythmic features of the music he recorded became a central, distinguishing mark of his original works he also produced a number of pieces based on folksongs.



Mátrai Képek (Mátra Pictures), composed in 1931, employs five folk songs from the mountainous Mátra district of Hungary, which Kodály orders so as to provide a narrative thread throughout. It is dramatic and colourful choral writing, and within the variation from inherent in such settings of folk melodies. Kodály injects enormous emotional contrasts. Jézus é a kufárok (Jesus and the Traders) sets texts from the gospels of John, Mark and Luke. Here, Kodály provides a vivid musical portrayal of the various texts. In some places the harmony is dictated by polyphonic movement; in others he employs astringent dissonances for expressive purpose.

In 1944 whilest in hiding from occupying German forces, Kodály adapted his Mass for solo organ (1942) into the Missa brevis for choir and organ. There is a close partnership between choir and organ throughout the whole piece, with the organ often doubling the choral parts. In the Kyrie, the music ranges from dark and brooding to ethereal; the Gloria ranges from Jubilant and forceful choral writing to a passage for soloists of almost baroque pathos while the Credo displays characteristics of both Gregorian chant and Hungarian folksong.

Kodály composed Este (Evening) in 1904, shortly after gaining his composition diploma. It was his first published work. He combines his characteristic blend of impressionistic non-functional harmony with dazzling choral effects.



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