Notes and Editorial Reviews
The five pieces contained on this CD present a composer who found expression for his musical ideas through a very special family of instruments - the Winds. The road that finally ended up here for Csaba Deak led through a large number of songs, chamber music and orchestral works. Deak was originally born and educated in Hungary, but after the revolution, he moved to Sweden in 1957 where he studied with Hilding Rosenberg. Writes the composer: "Yes, I studied with him, but he was such a genius and such a kind man that our contact soon grew into a friendship. We had lessons, okay, but the conversation was always very personal and we often continued by having lunch together after the talks and spoke then more as friends than as teacher and student." Deak's interest in music was awakened when he heard a concert on the radio featuring Benny Goodman. When he was sixteen, his parents gave him a clarinet for Christmas and he became a diligent clarinet student. His musical career was now in full swing. "The first piece I wrote after leaving my homeland and coming to Sweden was the Clarinet Concerto. Improvisation is of great importance in the solo part, but also in the piece you can hear weeping Hungarian ballads which are closely related to the sound of the blues; two words, the blues, which mean a great deal to me."
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