Recordings

Emanuel Moór: Cello Concertos

Ildikó SZABÓ - cello (1-4) - Péter SZABÓ - cello
Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc - Zsolt Hamar - conductor

 

 

 

 

Tracklist

Concerto for 2 Cellos and Orchestra in D major Op. 69      28'01"
1 Molto moderato 10'40"
2 II. Intermezzo, Allegro 4'44"
3 II. Adagio 6'35"
4 IV. Finale. Allegro moderato 6'02"

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra ín C sharp minor Op. 64      30'36"
5 I. Largo 11'43"
6 II. Presto ma no troppo 4'15"
7 III. Adagio 5'20"
8 IV. Allegro ma no troppo 9'18"

9 Prelude for Cello and Orchestra      4'43"


Total time: 63'20"

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2014

Johann Baptist Vanhal: 3 Cello Concertos

Péter SZABÓ - cello
Sinfonietta Pannonica - leader: Márta ÁBRAHÁM

 

"Performances are fine and the recordings are superb."
American Record Guide


Aug 2010

 

Tracklist

Cello Concerto in C major      19'24"
1 I. Allegro moderato

2 II. Adagio
3 III. Allegro

Cello Concerto in A major      23'01"
4 I. Allegro moderato

5 II. Adagio

6 III. Allegro

Cello Concerto in C major      26'01"
7 I. Allegro moderato

8 II. Adagio
9 III. Rondo. Allegretto



Total time: 68'52"

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2010

Brahms: Piano Trio in B major Op. 8
Dvořak: Dumky Trio Op. 90

Virginie ROBILLIARD - violin
Péter SZABÓ - cello
Frédéric VAYSSE-KNITTER - piano

 

"It takes only a minute or so before you realize this will be a wonderful performance of Brahms. It is rich and warm, and the varying moods are all beautifully captured. It is fiery in the finale and tenderly romantic in the adagio. The string players have well matched sounds, and their phrasing is very well worked out. Little details, where the players have to match things like trills and terminations, are unusually fine."
American Record Guide

 

Tracklist

Brahms, Johannes: Piano Trio in B major Op. 8      36'35
1. I. Allegro con brio

2. II. Scherzo - Allegro molto

3. III. Adagio
4. IV. Allegro

Dvořak, Antonin: Dumky Trio Op. 90     32'17''
5. I. Lento maestoso - Allegro vivace, quasi doppio movimento

6. II. Poco adagio
7. III. Andante
8. IV. Andante moderato
9. V. Allegro
10. VI. Lento maestoso - Vivace, quasi doppio movimento



Total time: 68'59''

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2010

Rossini: Instrumental Music

Budapest Festival Orchestra, conductor: Iván FISCHER

 

"The performances are as delicious as the music itself." (...) "A wonderful release!"
ClassicsToday.com

 

Tracklist

1. La Scala di Seta - Overture (1812) 5'58"

2. Serenata per piccolo compresso (1823) 13'45"

String Sonata in G major (1804)
3. Moderato 8'04"
4. Andantino 4'13"
5. Allegro 2'41"

6. Le Rendez-vous de chasse (1828) 3'20"
'Grande fanfare par Rossini'

7. Variazioni a più strumenti obbligati (1809) 10'21"
Variations for solo clarinet, solo string quartet and orchestra

8. Andante, e Tema con Variazioni per quattro strumenti a fiato (1812) 9'29"
Variations for wind quartet

9. Semiramide - Overture (1823) 12'21"

Total time: 65'00"

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2009

Pleyel: Strings & Winds

Orsolya KACZANDER - flute
Lajos LENCSÉS - oboa
Vilmos SZABADI - violin
Péter BÁRSONY - viola
Péter SZABÓ - cello

 

"The playing is lovely." (...) "The strings are musical and assured, with just a hint of roughness suggesting a rustic vitality."
MusicWeb International

 

Tracklist

Quintet for flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello in E flat major op.10. No.3 (Ben 282, 1788) 11'28''
1. Adagio
2. Allegro vivace
3. Grazioso

Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello in G major (Ben 303, 1797) 17'38''
4. Allegro assai
5. Andante ma non troppo con varizioni
6. Allegro

Quartet for flute, violin, viola and cello in D major (Ben 381, 1789) 14'12''
7. Allegro molto
8. Adagio
9. Rondo. Allegro

Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello in G major (Ben 305, 1799) 15'35''
10. Allegro
11. Andante arioso
12. Rondo. Allegro

Total time: 59'11''

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2008

Tommaso Giordani: 6 Trios for German Flute, Viola and Cello

Orsolya KACZANDER - flute
wooden flute by Christopher ABELL (2006)
Péter BÁRSONY - viola
Péter SZABÓ - cello

 

"There are frequent dialogues and a playful competion between the instruments which the three outstanding musicians accomplish in a very enjoyable fashion."
Café Momus

   
2008
   

 

Tracklist

Trio No. 1 in D major 13'29"
1. I. Allegro 7'00"
2. II. Largo 2'44"
3. III. Allegretto ma non troppo 3'44"

Trio No. 2 in G major 12'59"
4. I. Allegro moderato 6'40"
5. II. Larghetto 2'51"
6. III. Tempo di Minuetto 3'27"

Trio No. 3 in D major 9'32"
7. I. Allegro maestoso 4'48"
8. II. Largo 2'49"
9. III. Allegretto 1'56"

Trio No. 4 in G major 7'41"
10. I. Spiritoso 3'30"
11. II. Allegretto ma non troppo 4'11"

Trio No. 5 in C major 11'11"
12. I. Allegro 5'00"
13. II. Larghetto con moto 3'13"
14. III. Allegretto 2'57"

Trio No. 6 in F major 11'46"
15. I. Allegro 5'52"
16. II. Largo 2'25"
17. III. Tempo di Minuetto 3'29"

Total time: 67'11"

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2008

Emanuel Moór: 3 Sonatas for Cello and Piano

Péter SZABÓ - cello
Adrienne KRAUSZ - piano

 

"Through the interpretation of these two artists, Emanuel Moór’s sonatas for cello and piano become genuine discoveries."
Muzsika

 

 

Tracklist

Sonata No. 1 for Piano & Cello Op. 22 24'26"
1. I. Allegro maestoso 11'57"

2. II. Adagio 6'39"
3. III. Finale. Allegro ma non troppo 5'39"

Sonata for Cello & Piano Op. 53 17'35"
4. I. Allegro moderato 6'28"
5. II. Adagio 5'45"
6. III. Finale. Allegro con brio 5'13"

Sonata for Piano & Cello Op. 76 21'31"
7. I. Allegro moderato mastoso 7'32"
8. II. Adagio 6'41"
9. III. Allegro 7'11"

Total time: 63'45"

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2007

Csaba Szabó: Chamber Music, Choral Works

Laura FARAGÓ - soprano
Márta GÁL - piano (1-3)
Péter SZABÓ - cello (4-7)
Dénes VÁRJON
- piano (4-7)
Camerata Transsylvanica, conducted by György SELMECZI (8)
Hungarian Radio Brass Quintet, conducted by Mátyás ANTAL (9-12)
Hungarian Radio Chorus, chorus master: József MAKLÁRY (13-20)

 

"The greatest merit of the disc is the multifaceted presentation of a life's work so far absent from the general knowledge of the musicians’ society." (...) "The Sonatina by Péter Szabó and Dénes Várjon is definitely an outstanding performance."
Muzsika

 

Tracklist

Three Transylvanian folk songs (1986)
Hommage à László Lajtha
1. I. My country is a foreign land 2'52"
2. II. If you set off from Transylvania 2'56"
3. III. No gizmo on my boot 1'01"

Sonatina "Looking Back" for Cello and Piano in C (1992)
4. I. 5'45"
5. II. 2'26"
6. III. 2'07"
7. IV. 2'46"

8. Passacaglia on the tune of the Kyrie eleison of János Kájoni's Székely Mass - Dedicated to the Târgu Mureº Chamber Orchestra and Gyula Hamza(1975) 9'15"

Sonata for Brass Quintet and Tape Recorder
9. I. Con moto 2'13"
10. II. Poco scherzando 2'59"
11. III. Parlando 1'49"
12. IV. Vivace 5'39"

Choral Works I.
13. Love songs to folk texts, mixed choir
      I. Fly little bird
      II. Sweet Rose of Mine
      III. Oh, How Deep The Water Of Maros Is
14. Bride Dancers, to folk texts, women's choir 0'56"
15. Marriage Songs, mixed choir 3'20"

Choral Works II.
Five madrigals to Latin texts of old Transylvanian poets
16. To Piroska, mixed choir-BOCATIUS, Joannes 1'46"
17. To Erzsike, men's choir-BOCATIUS, Joannes 2'10"
18. Janus Pannonius' Lament, mixed choir - WOLPHARDUS, Hilarius 3'04"
19. György Dózsa's heartening words, male choir - TAURINUS, István 2'27"
20. To István Bocskai, mixed choir - SZAMOSKÖZI, István 3'18"

Total time: 63'53"

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2006

Hans Koessler: Trio-Suite; Quintet;
Emanuel Moór: Sonata No. 2, Op. 55

David FRÜHWIRTH, Christoph EHRENFELLNER - violin
Genevieve STROSSER - viola
Péter SZABÓ - cello
Zsuzsa KOLLÁR - piano

 

"The present Cello Sonata from 1900, however, is dedicated to the Russian player Brandukov. It is an extrovert work, firmly in the grand late-Romantic tradition, convincingly put across by Péter Szabó and the hard-worked pianist, Zsuzsa Kollár."
The Strad

 

Tracklist

KOESSLER Hans:
Trio-Suite for Violin, Viola and Piano
1. I. Adagio.Allegro 10'19"
2. II. Romanze 4'06"
3. III. Gavotte 3'58"
4. IV. Finale 6'41"

MOÓR Emanuel:
Sonata No.2 for Cello and Piano
5. I. Allegro moderato 7'28"
6. II. Scherzo 3'50"

7. III. Adagio 6'20"
8. IV. Finale 4'58"

KOESSLER Hans:
Quintet in F major for two Violins, Viola, Cello and Piano
9. I. Allegro moderato
10. II. Menuett 4'22"
11. III. Adagio non troppo 8'03"
12. IV. Finale. Moderato 6'16"

Total time: 75'42"

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2005

Mátyás Seiber: To Poetry
Chamber Works and Songs

Lesley-Jane ROGERS - soprano
Andrea MELÁTH - mezzo-soprano
Péter SZABÓ - cello
David FRÜHWIRTH - violin
László ERNYEI - accordion
Zsuzsa KOLLÁR - piano

 

"These interpretations have only confirmed my observation, namely that it is only via first class performances that less known composers can get discovered. All the contributors to the recording are first-class artists and they devote all their knowledge and talent to the quality shaping and mediation of the pieces." (...) "I can only praise Péter Szabó for his intense, deeply felt and spirited cello performance" (...) "Péter Szabó deserves extra credit for arranging the program of the CD and for assisting in its production."
Muzsika

 

Tracklist

Sarabande and Gigue in Old Style 6'45"
1. I. Sarabande 4'50"
2. II. Gigue 1'55"

To Poetry 14'33"
3. I. Invocation (J. W. Goethe) 1'20"
4. II. Sonnet (W. Shakespeare) 2'47"
5. III. Tears (anon.) 3'26"
6. IV. Timor mortis (W. Dunbar) 5'28"
7. V. Epilogue (J. W. Goethe) 1'32"

Four French Folk Songs 6'27"
8. I. Réveillez-vous / Awake 1'41"
9. II. J'ai descendu / I camer down 1'53"
10. III. Le Rossignol / The nightingale 1'54"
11. IV. Marguérite, elle est malade / Margaret, she is ill 1'00"
12. Phantasy 5'57"

Four Greek folk songs 10'05"
13. I. O, my love, how long 4'02"
14. II. Have pity on me 2'00"
15. III. Each time, my love, you say farewell 1'53"
16. IV. O your eyes are dark and beautiful 2'10"

Sonata da camera for Violin and Cello 15'13"
17. I. Molto sostenuto 6'42"
18. II. Allegro misterioso 8'31"

19. Concert Piece for Violin and Piano 8'01"
20. Introduction und Allegro for Cello and Accordion 4'51"

Petőfi songs 5'48"
21. I. Black earth 1'16"
22. II. It's raining, raining… 0'45"
23. III. My darling has hurt me greatly... 1'35"
24. IV. Girls are out to.. 0'58"
25. V. Thousands of cherries do grow upon the tree...1'14"

Total time: 78'23"

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2005

Pleyel: Complete String Concertos, Vol. 2: Violin Concerto in D major; Serenade

  Jan 2004     Apr 2004

Vilmos SZABADI - violin
Péter SZABÓ - cello
ERDŐDY Chamber Orchestra, leader: Zsolt SZEFCSIK

 

"The cello solo parts inserted into the violin solos stand out freely in Péter Szabó's performance."
Muzsika

 

Tracklist

Violin Concerto in D major (Ben 103A) 22'10"
1. I. Allegro spirituoso 10'52"
2. II. Largo 5'17"
3. III. Rondo. Allegro 5'56"
4. IV. Finale. Allegro 11'53"

Serenade for Violin and Cello Solo, String Orchestra and Two Horns
(Ben 201 A, Op. 27) 33'56"
5. I. Allegro 12'22"
6. II. Minuetto 9'33"
7. III. Adagio 5'22"
8. IV. Rondo. Allegro assai 6'32"

Total time: 56'06"

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2003

Liszt, Goldmark, Rózsa: Works for Cello & Piano

Péter SZABÓ - cello
Adrienn KRAUSZ - piano

 

"Warm colours, splendid taste for dimensions and obvious erudition – these are the main features of the smooth, quality interpretation."
Gramofon

 

 

Tracklist

MIKLÓS RÓZSA:
Duo for Cello and Piano Op.8.
1. I. Allegro risoluto ed energico 6'12"

2. II. Tema con variazioni 11'56"

Károly GOLDMARK:
Gordonka-zongoraszonáta / Sonata for Cello and Piano Op.39.
3. I. Moderato con mosso 8'51"
4. II. Andante 7'32"
5. III. Allegro non troppo 7'31"

Ferenc LISZT:
Consolations (arr. by Jules de Swert)
6. 1. Andante con moto 1'22"
7. 2. Un poco più mosso 2'43"
8. 3. Lento placido 3'52"
9. 4. Quasi adagio 2'26"
10. 5. Andantino 2'32"
11. 6. Allegretto sempre cantabile 2'37"

Total time: 58'30"

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2002

Ignace Pleyel: The Cello Concertos
(Complete)

  Apr 2003     Apr 2003

Péter SZABÓ - cello & conductor
ERDŐDY Chamber Orchestra, leader: Zsolt SZEFCSIK

 

"Péter Szabó’s multi-faceted contribution to this first volume of his projected set of Pleyel’s cello concertos extends beyond shouldering the soloist’s mantle to preparing the performance editions from autograph manuscripts of these five works and composing pertinent." (...) "Particularly enjoyable are his expansive accounts of the opening movement of B106 and the adagios of B101 and 108, his sonorous lyricism in the slow movement of B104 and his characterful, spirited interpretations of the light-hearted finales, most notably of B105."
The Strad

 

Tracklist

1. CD - Total time: 72'58"

Concerto in C major for Cello and Orchestra (1788-89) Ben104 22'41"
1. I. Allegro vivace 11'44"
2. II. Adagio 5'00"
3. III. Rondo. Allegro 5'51"

Concerto in C major for Cello and Orchestra (1797) Ben106 24'39"
4. I. Allegro 13'22"
5. II. Adagio 5'24"
6. III. Rondo. Allegro molto 5'46"

Concerto in C major for Cello and Orchestra Ben108 25'17"
7. I. Allegro 9'38"

8. II. Adagio 8'52"'
9. III. Allegro molto 6'40"

2. CD - Total time: 57'21"

Concerto in C major for Cello and Orchestra (1782-84) Ben101 27'53" 1. I. Allegro 13'11"
2. II. Adagio 9'26"
3. III. Rondo 6'30"

Concerto in D major for Cello and Orchestra (1791) Ben105 27'53"
4. I. Allegro moderato 11'27"

5. II. Adagio poco andante 10'16"

6. III. Rondo. Allegro 6'05"

Cadenzas by Péter Szabó

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2002

Liszt/Lajtha: Piano Trios

Gábor TAKÁCS-NAGY - piano
Dénes VÁRJON - piano
Péter SZABÓ - cello

 

"The sparky enthusiasm of the Takács Trio certainly whets the appetite to hear more of Lajtha. More, too, over and over again, of Liszt’s mischievous makeover of his own Hungarian Rhapsody in which the Takács Trio sound like an oversize one-man gypsy band, and of this intriguing and virtuoso metamorphosis of Tristia from a La vallee d’Obermann."
The Times

 

Tracklist

FERENC LISZT

Rhapsodie hongroise No. 9 - Carneval de Pest (11'00")
The composer's transcription for piano trio
1. I. Moderato (7'00")

2. II. Finale. Presto (4'00")

3. Orfeusz / Orphée (11'53")
Camille Saint- Saëns's transcription for piano trio

Tristia - La vellée d'Obermann (16'02")
The composer's transcription for piano tiro
4. I. (6'47")
5. II. (2'34")
6. III. (6'40")

LÁSZLÓ LAJTHA

Trio concertant (Trio avec piano) Op. 10. (19'15")
7. I. Premier concert. Allegro energico (7'59")
8. II. Intermezzo. Molto moderato (5'56")
9. III. Second concert. Vivace (5'14")

Sonatine pour violon et piano Op. 13. (13'24")
10. I. Adagio. Allegro (5'29")
11. II. Largo molto (3'46")
12. III. Molto vivo (4'05")

Total time: (72'05")

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1999

The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert, Live from Wigmore Hall Takács Piano Trio
Haydn Beethoven

Péter SZABÓ - cello
Dénes VÁRJON - piano

 

"There's something about a live performance that captures the spirit of immediacy that can never be preserved in the studio. BBC Radio 3 recognizes this, and their Lunchtime Concert series brings some of that magic home. Recorded before a live audience at Wigmore Hall, the music benefits from a direct connection with listeners.
Three of Hungary's most established chamber musicians, the Takács Piano Trio, perform two beloved pieces. Centered around the delicate fingerwork of Dénes Várjon at the piano, Beethoven's 'Archduke' Trio highlights Várgon's technique through swift, sweeping passages and jovial lyrical sections. Haydn's Piano Trio in G Major is more restrained, a stately piece uniting the violin, cello and piano in exquisite, sweet melody. Building to its festive Rondo, the piece is crowd pleaser. Listeners to the album will enjoy it as much as did the audience at Wigmore Hall."
ArkivMusic.com

 

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1999

Chopin: Chamber Music

Péter SZABÓ - cello
Gábor TAKÁCS-NAGY - violin
Dénes VÁRJON - piano

 

"Cellist Péter Szabó is constantly right on top of his role."
Classical disCDigest

 

Tracklist

FRYDERYK CHOPIN:
CHAMBER MUSIC:

Sonata in G minore for Violoncello and Piano Op. 65
1. Allegro moderato 15'17"

2. Scherzo (Allegro con brio) 4'36"
3. Largo 3'26"
4. Finale. Allegro 6'15"
5. Grand Duo concertant Op. 70 12'16"

Trio in G minore Op. 8
6. Allegro con fuoco 10'28"
7. Scherzo con moto ma non troppo 6'50"
8. Adagio sostenuto 5'54"
9. Finale. Allegretto 5'20"

Total Time: 60'11"

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1996

Beethoven: Chamber Music for Horns, Wind & Strings

József BALOGH - clarinet
Ildikó HEGYI - violin
Jenő KEVEHÁZI - horn
Győző MATHE - viola
Péter SZABÓ - cello
István TÓTH - double bass
József VAJDA - bassoon
Sándor BERKI - horn
János KEVEHÁZI - horn
Ottó RÁCZ - oboe
Péter POPA - violin

 

"Pour a glass of a cold, dry Chardonnay, light a good cigar (optional), sit back, and let yourself be swept away by 74 minutes of sheer pleasure..."
American Record Guide

 

Tracklist

Septet in E flat major, Op. 20: II. Adagio cantabile
1. I. Adagio - Allegro on brio 10'48"
2. II. Adagio cantabile 08'41"
3. III. Tempo di menuetto 03'16"
4. IV. Tema con variazioni: Andante 07'32"
5. V. Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace 03'04"
6. VI. Andante con moto alla marcia - Presto 07'46"

Quintet in E flat major
7. I. Allegro 10'40"
8. II. Adagio maestoso 03'52"
9. III. Minuetto 01'35"

Sextet in E flat major, Op. 81b
10. I. Allegro con brio 07'49"
11. II. Adagio 03'47"
12. III. Rondo 05'25"

Total time: 74'15"

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1995

Dohnányi and Lajtha: Sonatas for Cello and Piano

Péter SZABÓ - cello
Dénes VÁRJON - piano

 

"Szabó and Várjon are very effective in it: the Hungarian style of cello playing tends not to overdo the vibrato that would otherwise lend an ersatz excitement to what is already exciting enough."
American Record Guide

 

 

Tracklist

ERNST von DOHNÁNYI:
Sonata for Cello and Piano in B flat major Op. 8
1. Allegro ma non troppo 7'36"
2. Scherzo. Vivace assai 4'59"

3. Adagio non troppo 2'38"
4. Tema con Variazioni. Allegro moderato - Vivace - Adagio non troppo - Tempo I. 8'54"

LÁSZLÓ LAJTHA:
Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 17 (1932)
5. Aria. Largo molto 6'14"
6. Capriccio. Presto 4'09"

7. Fantasia. Lento - Allegro 6'59"

LÁSZLÓ LAJTHA:
Concerto for Cello and Piano Op. 31 (1940)
8. Thrène dramatique. Appassionato, moderato rubato 13'00"
9. Ballade des torches. Allegro agitato 8'18"

Total time: 63'14"

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1993

Some interesting transcriptions

K. Weill:
Three pieces from the Threepenny Opera for cello and piano
(live recording)


A. Piazzolla:
Grand Tango for cello and brass ensemble

 

Reviews

 

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