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Hartmann: La Tzigane, La Coquette, Transcriptions, Etc / Soroka, Greene


Release Date: 07/14/2009 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 89   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arthur HartmannClaude DebussyEdward MacDowell
Performer:  Arthur GreeneSolomia Soroka
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Warm, sympathetic and very well recorded.

Arthur Hartmann is best known for his association with Debussy and the marvellous transcriptions he wrote of La fille aux cheveux de lin, Beau Soir and others. Philadelphia-born in 1881 he was quite a character claiming Hungarian birth - he was at least of Hungarian origin - and apologizing for his poor English in interviews in his native country. But he did work with Loeffler and then with Ysaÿe, before beginning his career as soloist ands recitalist, and later still as leader of his string quartet. Around 1929 his career trailed off. He died of a stroke in 1956 at the age of 75. I’ve only been able to trace a single recording by Hartmann - one of Nachez’s Danse
Read more Tzigane, rather appropriately, on a Rex 78. It would be fascinating to hear it.

As a composer of miniatures he stands, as do so many, in Kreisler’s shadow, which is not to say that the pieces lack individuality or energetic pleasure. They possess both, fortunately. There’s for example the gentle sweetmeat waltz L’amour, valse bluette and something possibly influenced by fellow American fiddler, Maud Powell’s explorations in this sort of area, A Negro Croon. Naturally he mined a vein of Hungarian music, which varies in intensity and authenticity. Autumn in Hungary: Romance for example is a nostalgic reverie very lightly dappled with paprika, whereas Nyiregyházi Emlék: Csardas is a more typically energetic number with two naughty quotations from Beethoven’s Violin Concerto - the second presumably in case you’d missed the first. Gypsy violinistics inhabit Tauga.
Szomorúság (Tristesse): Rhapsodische Skizze was dedicated to Kreisler and is on a more expansive expressive canvass, but an over extended one. In the main these pieces are avuncular and unpretentious. There are salon charmers (the Caprice and the Valse), hints of klezmer in the Danse Grotesque and some Hubay influence in Kossuth Lajos. There are hints of melancholia too, thought not very many - for a slice of it try Bogdan...but Hartmann’s freewheeling side can run away with him, as it does in the unpublished, and loquacious mouthful that is Esprit de Ravioli Polah (Souvenir d’une Soirée inoubliable). To show that Hartmann’s influences were not restricted to this particular geographical region we can hear hints of impressionism in something like Prayer, as well as the more expected Kreisleresque impress of La Tzigane.

The famous transcriptions are here though the booklet’s claim that his transcription of MacDowell’s To A Wild Rose is receiving its first ever recording is not true. Eddy Brown, Hartmann’s Auer-trained American contemporary, recorded it twice on 78s.

Throughout, the performances are warm, sympathetic and very well recorded. Solomia Soroka displays elegance and refinement in the Debussy transcriptions - though she lacks Thibaud’s Gallic sensuality in La fille - and elsewhere digs in with abandon and force. The ensemble between her and Arthur Greene, a husband and wife team, is splendid. The booklet note is absolutely first class and entertainingly written.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Valse bluette by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Arthur Greene (Piano), Solomia Soroka (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
A Negro Croon by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Arthur Greene (Piano), Solomia Soroka (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Autumn in Hungary by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Arthur Greene (Piano), Solomia Soroka (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4.
Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Hartmann. 
5.
Nyiregyházi Emlék: Csardas by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Arthur Greene (Piano), Solomia Soroka (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Szomorúság (Tristesse): Rhapsodische Skizze by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Arthur Greene (Piano), Solomia Soroka (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Caprice by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Arthur Greene (Piano), Solomia Soroka (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8.
Valse by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Hartmann. 
9.
Danse Grotesque by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Hartmann. 
10.
Kossuth Lajos by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Hartmann. 
11.
Bogdan... by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Arthur Hartmann. 
12.
Esprit de Ravioli Polah (Souvenir d'une Soirée inoubliable) by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13.
Prayer by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
La Tzigane by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
15.
La Coquette by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
16.
Tauga by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17.
Cradle Song by Arthur Hartmann
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
18.
La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
19.
Ariettes oubliées: no 2, Il pleure dans mon coeur by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885-1888; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
20.
Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: no 1, To a Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Solomia Soroka (Violin), Arthur Greene (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Valse bluette, "L'amour"
A Negro Croon
Autumn in Hungary
Nyiregyhazi emlek
Rhapsodische Skizze: Szomorusag, "Tristesse"
Caprice
Valse
Danse Grotesque
Kossuth Lajos
Bogdan ...
Esprit de Ravioli Polah ..., "Souvenir d'une Soiree inoubliable" (Souvenir of An Unforgettable Evening)
Prayer
La Tzigane (The Gypsy Woman)
Valse intermezzo, "La Coquette"
Bulgarian Sketch, "Tauga"
A Cradle Song
Beau soir (arr. A. Hartmann)
Preludes, Book 1 (arr. A. Hartmann for violin and piano): Preludes, Book 1: No. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair) (arr. A. Hartmann)
Ariettes oubliees: No. 2. Il pleure dans mon coeur (arr. A. Hartmann for violin and piano): Ariette oubliees: No. 2. Il pleure dans mon coeur (arr. A. Hartmann)
Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: No. 1. To a Wild Rose (arr. A. Hartmann)

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