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Grieg, Janacek, Kodaly / Danjulo Ishizaka, Shai Wosner

Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4120   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leos JanácekZoltán KodályEdvard Grieg
Performer:  Danjulo IshizakaShai Wosner
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, a former BBC Radio3 New Generation Artist, is now in demand with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide. He made his Vienna Musikverein debut in 2003; his BBC Proms debut in 2006. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2012 he was awarded the Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award, one of Japan's most prestigious music awards.

Danjulo and fellow ONYX artist Shai Wosner have chosen a programme of works with strong roots in folk music which speak their characteristic national language very clearly. Together with Bartók, Kodály was a true pioneer in exploring and collecting melodies from the Hungarian folk tradition. Leos Janácek's Pohádka, on the other hand,
Read more turns beyond the folk tradition to another aspect that all cultures have in common: the fairy tale. Like his Hungarian counterparts, he too collected many of his country's folk songs, observing and studying his compatriots' language with a view to how it functioned in a melodic sense. He had a keen sensibility for the sounds of nature, and incorporated all these elements into his music. Grieg's great Sonata combines folkloric and magical elements in equal measure and paints a sonic picture of Norwegian culture.
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Works on This Recording

Fairy tale by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Danjulo Ishizaka (Cello), Shai Wosner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-23; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Deutschlandradio Kultur, Studio Gärtners 
Length: 12 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 8 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Danjulo Ishizaka (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Hungary 
Venue:  Deutschlandradio Kultur, Studio Gärtners 
Length: 33 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Presto for Cello and Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Danjulo Ishizaka (Cello), Shai Wosner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1910; Brno, Czech Republic 
Venue:  Deutschlandradio Kultur, Studio Gärtners 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 36 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Danjulo Ishizaka (Cello), Shai Wosner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Venue:  Deutschlandradio Kultur, Studio Gärtners 
Length: 25 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Pohadka: I. Con moto - Andante
Pohadka: II. Con moto - Adagio
Pohadka: III. Allegro
Solo Cello Sonata, Op.8: I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato
Solo Cello Sonata, Op.8: II. Adagio con grand? espressione
Solo Cello Sonata, Op.8: III. Allegro molto vivace
Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op.36: I. Allegro agitato
Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op.36: II. Andante molto tranquillo
Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op.36: III. Allegro - Allegro molto e marcato

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