Zoltán Kodály: Choral Works / MR Children’s Choir & MR Choir (dir. Ádám Fischer)

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Zoltán Kodály: Choral Works
MR Children’s Choir (1-3) & MR Choir (4-9)
dir. Ádám Fischer
2008 © BMC Records | # 144
On 1 December 1924 for the first time Zoltán Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus was performed in a version which also featured a children’s choir. Possibly it was this experience that aroused the composer’s interest in this type of ensemble. In February 1925 he encountered the choir of the boys’ school in Wesselényi utca in Budapest, led by Endre Borus, and at their folksong recital on 2 April the ensemble performed the two children’s choruses, Víllő (The Straw Guy) and Túrót eszik a cigány (See the Gypsies munching cheese), written specially for them. This was a significant turning point in Kodály’s career: though he had already composed choral works, from 1925 choral music became the central genre of his oeuvre; he wrote many masterpieces in this field, whose international success was hindered only by the text in Hungarian.

01. St. Gregory’s day
02. King Ladislaus’ men - or Magyars and Germans
03. Whitsuntide
04. Ode to Franz Liszt (words by Mihály Vörösmarty)
05. The Te Deum of Sándor Sík
06. Jesus and the traders (words by St. John 2,13)
07. The aged (words by Sándor Weöres)
08. Transylvanian lament
09. Mátra pictures

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