During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the music Hungary saw a growth and world-wide popularity it hadn’t seen before or since. Composers like Bela Bartok, Franz Liszt and Zoltan Kodaly became household names, at least in the homes of classical music aficionados. On this week’s featured CD, cellist Mark Kosower and pianist Jee-Won Oh celebrate the music written by these composers for the versatile combination of cello and piano
In the “lesser-known composer” category, Kosower and Oh have chosen to highlight three; Erno Dohnanyi, Miklós Rózsa and David Popper. A few weeks ago on this podcast we highlighted a CD featuring the orchestral works of Rozsa, and I recommend you take another listen to it. This week I’ll draw your attention to the cellist and composer David Popper. Popper wrote exclusively for the cello and piano, so it’s seems only fitting he finds his way onto this disc with a serenade and mazurka.
With our quick pick this week, we go from the intimate sounds of cello and piano to the overwhelming force of the full orchestra. Paavo Järvi conducts the Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic in the Symphonies 1 and 5 of Ludwig van Beethoven.