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Jenö Hubay: Scčnes De La Csárdá / Elden, Schneider


Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Edition Hera   Catalog #: 2101   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Michael Jelden
Conductor:  Urs Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is a dazzling collection of Jenö Hubay's "Scènes De La Csárdá". Reminiscent of the Liszt "Hungarian Rhapsodies", Hubay's works are thrilling virtuosic showpieces for violin, here performed (unusually) in fully orchestrated versions. Although recorded in 1997, this release has only just reached the American market, along with the rest of the catalog from this exciting German label.

Liner Notes
The Hungarian violinist, composer, and teacher Jenö Hubay (1858-1937) was a musical personality famous European wide. He was a student of Brahms' friend Joseph Joachim and became Franz Liszt's successor
Read more at the conservatoire of Budapest. Notable musicians including Sandor Vegh, Joseph Szigeti, Stefi Geyer and Tibor Varga were among his students.
As a composer he was a "living anachronism". Compared to the musical modernists of the time - Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Bartok and Kodály, Hubay's style, which was oriented on Franz Liszt's, was unfashionable. His works were most popular when he himself, or one of his students, played them.

But his music shouldn't be gauged only by the musical mainstreams of its time. Hubay's highly romantic works, which are full of strong Hungarian feelings, are without any doubt of great beauty and of high musical value. among his rich opus, which shows varied genius, are five symphonies, Operas (The charming and impressionist childrens opera "the Selfish Giant"), operettas, songs, chamber music, and first of all Violin concertos, sonatas and works for violin Virtuosos and orchestra: The "Scènes de la Csárdá". Hubay composed 14 pieces in all for virtuosos. They take a central place in his work, and he wrote them almost throughout his entire life.

The "Scènes de la Csárdá" are in part similar to Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsodies". Both composers used Hungarian folk songs and gypsy tunes, which they combined and adapted for their instrument.
But Hubay arranged the Csárdás for violin to be accompanied by a full orchestra, which created an importantly greater sonority and a music much more effective than Liszt's. He virtually spiced his music with a large portion of red hot Pepper - and reached some effects with it that brought the audience to loud applause and shouts. Unfortunately large parts of the original note material for the orchestral accompaniment are missing. Michael Jelden, the soloist of this recording, looked for it world wide.

He travelled to New York and Buenos Aires, both epicentres for emigrated european virtuosos. He visited the big collection at the Vatican library in Rome, as well as the collection of the society of Music friends in Vienna, the national library of Budapest and the library of the Budapest conservatoire, where Hubay himself had been the director. But all that was to be found was the original orchestration of numbers 3 and 8. The numbers 2,5,6,7 and 11 were later instrumentated by the Slovenian-Hungarian composer Juraj Farkas in the style of Hubay. Numbers 1 and 10 were arranged by Michael Jelden.
So now it is finally possible to present a selection of nine Csárdás for the very first time. May it at least help the composer to attain in the 20th century the esteem he earned in the 19th.

Dr. Dorothee Lindemann,
translation by Maria Zehendner

R E V I E W S:

Jenö Hubay's music is so effectively written for the violin that it's easy to forget that it's often good music as well. These qualities are not always synonymous, particularly coming from violinist/composers. For some reason, pianist/composers seem to do better, if only because the piano is a much easier instrument to write for (both solo and in combination). Scènes de la Csárdá picks up where Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies leave off; these pieces are full of memorable tunes and, of course, devastatingly virtuosic licks for the violin. Apparently Hubay orchestrated a batch of them--he wrote 14 in all--but only Nos. 3 and 8 survive in this form. The others have been scored by one J. Farkas, and also by violinist Michael Jelden, soloist on this recording.

In all cases the settings are notably colorful and charming, and Jelden plays very well. Clearly the music holds no terrors for him: his runs are clean, double stops are in tune, and he phrases characterfully but never mawkishly (there's always a danger of that in music of this type). The Slovak State Philharmonic under Urs Schneider offers effectively idiomatic support, and the sonics, though a touch boxy and somewhat dry, are also admirably clear. In short, if you're a fan of the violin, or of the Hungarian national school, you will find this disc very appealing.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Scčnes de la Csárda no 1, Op. 9 by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Michael Jelden (Violin)
Conductor:  Urs Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879/1882; Hungary 
Notes: Arr. M.Jelden  
2. Scčnes de la Csárda no 2, Op. 13 "Kis furulyám" by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Michael Jelden (Violin)
Conductor:  Urs Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880-1881; Hungary 
Notes: arr. J. Farkas 
3. Scčnes de la Csárda no 3, Op. 18 "Maros vize" by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Michael Jelden (Violin)
Conductor:  Urs Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1882-1883; Hungary 
4. Scčnes de la Csárda no 5, Op. 33 "Hullámzó Balaton" by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Michael Jelden (Violin)
Conductor:  Urs Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1887; Hungary 
Notes: Arr. J. Farkas 
5. Scčnes de la Csárda no 6, Op. 34 "Sárga cserebogár" by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Michael Jelden (Violin)
Conductor:  Urs Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1887; Hungary 
Notes: Arr. J. Farkas 
6. Scčnes de la Csárda no 7, Op. 41 "Kossuth-nota" by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Michael Jelden (Violin)
Conductor:  Urs Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1891; Hungary 
Notes: Arr. J. Farkas 
7. Scčnes de la Csárda no 8, Op. 60 "Azt mondjak" by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Michael Jelden (Violin)
Conductor:  Urs Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Hungary 
8. Scčnes de la Csárda no 10, Op. 69 "Szalatnai emlék" by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Michael Jelden (Violin)
Conductor:  Urs Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1897-1898; Hungary 
Notes: Arr. M.Jelden 
9. Scčnes de la Csárda no 11, Op. 82 "Szomorúfüz hervadt lombja" by Jenö Hubay
Performer:  Michael Jelden (Violin)
Conductor:  Urs Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1900; Hungary 
Notes: Arr. J. Farkas 

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