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Debut - Kodaly: Music For Cello And Piano / Yang, Moon


Release Date: 03/04/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 75685   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Sung-Won YangIck Choo Moon
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It takes a player of Sung-Won Yang's technical brilliance and expressive boldness to make one feel the full grandeur of the Kodály solo sonata.

This CD is issued as part of EMI's Debut series, a fact more subtly alluded to on the cover than with previous examples I've seen. And indeed these two Korean artists are quite clearly seasoned performers, approaching their interpretive task with the sort of confidence and certainty that only comes from considerable experience.

Sung-Won Yang, who studied in Paris and in the US, produces a notably rich, expressive tone, ideal for the Solo Sonata's extensive explorations of the lower register — the opening of the Adagio sounds magnificently dark and resonant.
Read more It's obvious that he and Ick-Choo Moon feel a strong affinity with Kodály (Yang contributes a perceptive note to the booklet), and perform his long, arching melodies with a fine sense of line and of rising and falling tension. And they have no trouble in finding just the right Hungarian idiom, whether for the florid rhetorical outbursts that open the Solo Sonata and (on the piano) the Sonatina, or for the dance styles that predominate in the finales of both sonatas. The whole programme is indeed very finely and sympathetically played, but the major achievement has to be the Solo Sonata. It takes a player of Sung-Won Yang's technical brilliance and expressive boldness to make one feel the work's full grandeur. 'One of the greatest masterpieces', asserts Yang. As you listen, you're inclined to agree.

-- Duncan Druce, Gramophone [2/2003]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 8 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Sung-Won Yang (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Hungary 
2.
Adagio for Violin/Viola/Cello and Piano by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Ick Choo Moon (Piano), Sung-Won Yang (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Hungary 
3.
Sonatina for Cello and Piano by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Ick Choo Moon (Piano), Sung-Won Yang (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; Hungary 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 4 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Ick Choo Moon (Piano), Sung-Won Yang (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Hungary 

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