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Kodály Te Deum & Psalmus Hungaricus Bartók Cantata Profana & Transylvanian Dances

Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra

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Choral-Orchestral works exploring shared Romanian-Hungarian roots

The Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra and conductor Lawrence Foster present choral-orchestral works by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. They join forces with a remarkable group of soloists – including Luiza Fatyol, Roxana Constantinescu, Marius Vlad, Ioan Hotea and Bogdan Baciu – as well as the Junior VIP children’s choir. The album opens with Kodály’s Budavári Te Deum and Psalmus Hungaricus, followed by Bartók’s Transylvanian Dances and culminating in the composer’s Cantata Profana. The latter work, based on ancient myth, was originally conceived in Romanian, but the piece is usually performed in a Hungarian version. This recording reinstates the Romanian original version, retouched by choir conductor Cornel Groza. In general, this recording by Romanian ensembles of works by Hungarian composers linked to Romanian sources can be seen as an exploration of Romania and Hungary’s shared roots, and of the bicultural nature of Transylvania in particular.

Lawrence Foster has a vast Pentatone discography, including several orchestral and complete opera recordings. The Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra so far featured on two Pentatone recordings under the baton of Foster: Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (2021) and Melody Moore’s solo recital Remembering Tebaldi (2023). Roxana Constantinescu featured on Pentatone recordings of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Puccini’s Il tabarro (both 2020), while Marius Vlad appeared on the above-mentioned La Fanciulla del West recording.


Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra
Lawrence Foster – conductor
Soloists
Luiza Fatyol
Roxana Constantinescu
Marius Vlad
Ioan Hotea
Bogdan Baciu
Junior VIP children’s choir

Tracklist

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1.
Zoltan Kodaly Te Deum, Allegro risoluto
01:44
2.
Zoltan Kodaly Te Deum, Piu allegro, pleni sunt
01:28
3.
Zoltan Kodaly Te Deum, Poco calmato
00:59
4.
Zoltan Kodaly, Te Deum, Maestoso
01:31
5.
Zoltan Kodaly Te Deum, Adagio
03:19
6.
Zoltan Kodaly Te Deum, Allegro moderato
00:35
7.
Zoltan Kodaly Te Deum, Adagio
02:17
8.
Zoltan Kodaly Te Deum, Maestoso
03:36
9.
Zoltan Kodaly Te Deum, Allegro mosso
02:35
10.
Zoltan Kodaly, Te Deum, Lento
01:28
11.
Zoltan Kodaly, Psalmus Hungaricus, Andante moltl appassionato
12:17
12.
Zoltan Kodaly, Psalmus Hungaricus, Adagio [25]
03:47
13.
Zoltan Kodaly, Psalmus Hungaricus, Andante con moto [31]
05:19
14.
Bela Bartok, Dances of Transylvania, Erdelyi Tancok
01:25
15.
Bela Bartok, Dances of Transylvania, II
00:48
16.
Bela Bartok, Dances of Transylvania, III Allegro vivace
02:15
17.
Bela Bartok, Cantata Profana, I, Molto moderato
03:22
18.
Bela Bartok, Cantata Profana, Allegro molto
02:04
19.
Bela Bartok, Cantata Profana, Moderato
02:09
20.
Bela Bartok, Cantata Profana, II, Andante
03:23
21.
Bela Bartok, Cantata Profana, Animato
04:52
22.
Bela Bartok, Cantata Profana, III, Moderato
02:47

Total time: 01:04:00

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Release DateNovember 3, 2023

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