Music from the West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2012. Bartok: Six Romanian Dances. Kodaly: Dances of Marosszek. Szymanowski: String Quartet No 1. Bartok: String Quartet No 3.
West Cork Chamber Music Festival 3/4
Sean Rafferty's penultimate visit to the West Cork Chamber Music Festival this week begins with the arrangement Bartok's friend, the Hungarian violinist Zoltán Székely, made of his Six Romanian Dances - there are actually seven in all as the last movement contains two dances! These are followed by Bartok's Third String Quartet - the shortest and most concentrated of his six quartets. Kodaly's Dances of Marosszék are best known in their orchestral form of 1930 but were originally written for the piano in 1927. Marosszék is the name of a district in Transylvania.
Today's programme closes with Szymanowski's First String Quartet. Szymanowski had a passion for the exotic and the other-worldly slow introduction immediately announces that this is not an ordinary quartet - there is a certain sense of ecstasy and longing.
Bartók (arr. Székely): Six Romanian Dances Sz.56
Catherine Leonard (violin), Ji Hye Jung (percussion)
Bartók: String Quartet No.3 Sz.85
Kodaly: Dances of Marosszék
Ewa Kupiec (piano)
Szymanowski: String Quartet No.1 in C major Op.37
Apollon Musagete Quartet.