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Jenö Hubay: Scčnes da la Csárdá

Jenö Hubay: Scčnes da la Csárdá
Michael Jelden

Review by: Robert Zierolf

Let's say you're fond of nineteenth-century violin showpieces but have run out of repertoire. Let's say also that you've heard all the major violinists play these works, and furthermore are enthralled by Central European nationalism. If one or more of these descriptions pertains, you should add Michael Jelden's performance of Jenö Hubay's Scènes de la Csárdá.

Hubay was a violin student of Joachim and taught Stefi Geyer, Bartok's first (?) love, Joseph Szigeti, and other notable Hungarian violinists of the early twentieth century. Nine of Hubay's Csárdás-inspired compositions are arranged for violin and orchestra by Jelden and others, and performed with aplomb by Jelden, likely due to his lengthy stint with a gypsy orchestra.

This style of music was anachronistic by the date of Hubay's death in 1937, but they illustrate the nationalist-romantic tradition evident in Hungarian music composed concurrently with Bartok's modern works.


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Robert Zierolf is Professor of Music Theory and History and Division head of Composition, Musicology, and Theory at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. He is also a freelance writer on classical music.


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