Friday, July 24, 2015

Ivan Eröd - Violin Concerto - Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 1 - Three Pieces for Violin Solo - Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 2 - Israel Chamber Orchestra, Martin Sieghart - Thomas Albertus Irnberger, Violin - Michael Korstick, Piano - Gramola 2014

Here's another "unheard/unopened" discovery for everyone, including myself (<---'duh' moment..); the music of composer Ivan Eröd. Born in Budapest in 1936, he studied composition with Ferenc Szabo, and the great Zoltan Kodaly. As I write this I am listening to the Violin Sonata No. 1, which is quite impressive; it's really beautiful music, and memorable-and I'm only half way through the second movement. I am enjoying the Sonata possibly even more than the engaging Violin Concerto, although who knows what future listens shall bring! Eröd's music here is quite accessible, with lyrical passages (he writes superbly for the violin) and a generally cheerful nature (the Violin Sonata No. 1). The first movement of the Sonata starts things off with clear classical form patterns, and the technique of the developing variation. The lovely second movement is a variation movement of sorts on a calm and later agitated tripartite theme, with the last section of the theme forming a synthesis of the first two.

As for the last movement, I haven't gotten there yet :) I think most listeners will agree that this is a Violin Sonata that deserves to be in the repertoire! Great stuff..

So far, a thrilling listen imo..

See what you think, tell me what YOU think-and as always enjoy



Toon van Dijk said...

Many thanks and regards from The Netherlands.
Veel dank en groeten uit Nederland.

Tzadik said...

Most welcome Toon!


Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this CD, especially Op. 27, the perfect synthesis of old and new. Thanks for all your highly valued posts.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this! I am going to hear the premiere of his concerto for three clarinets with the Vienna Philharmonic tomorrow at the Musikverein in Vienna. Looking forward to hearing more Eröd.