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SZÉCHÉNYI – PIANO MUSIC FROM A HUNGARIAN DYNASTY, 1800-1920


  • István Kassai, piano
  • György Lázár, piano

The Széchényi dynasty stood at the heart of Hungary’s political and musical life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Their ideal milieu lay in vibrant, melodious dance-patterned music, of which Imre’s Waltz No. 1 is a perfect example. Ödön’s highly accomplished works reflect his sophisticated wit, whilst in Franciska, Hungary had its first female composer, and in Gisa, the world’s first female film composer.

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Tracklist

Széchényi, Félicie
1
Dorette, Polka française, Op. 4 () * (00:02:52)
2
Herzblatt (Sweetheart), Polka-Mazur, Op. 1 () * (00:03:46)
3
Immer lustig (Always Cheerful), Polka française () * (00:02:53)
4
7 Uhr früh (7 in the Morning), Polka schnell, Op. 3 () * (00:01:43)
Széchényi, Franciska
5
6 Ländler () * (00:02:39)
Széchényi, Lajos
 
3 Magyar tántzok (3 Hungarian Dances) () (00:07:00 )
6
No. 1. — * (00:02:34)
7
No. 2. — * (00:01:46)
8
No. 3. — * (00:01:08)
9
Deutscher mit Coda () * (00:03:35)
10
10 Ländler und 1 Mazurka () * (00:08:12)
Széchényi, Ödön
11
Hajósegyleti Polka (Shipowners Association Polka) () * (00:02:30)
12
Marien-Polka () * (00:01:59)
13
Viszontlátási örömhangok keringő (Joyful Sounds of Goodbye, Waltz) () * (00:07:44)
14
Pull-on! galopp () * (00:02:38)
15
Regatta négyes (Regatta Foursome) () * (00:04:21)
16
Ez az élet gyöngyélet, Csilli csárdás (This Life is a Pearly Life) () * (00:03:14)
17
Hableány polka (Mermaid Polka) () * (00:01:56)
Széchényi, Gisa
18
Abendsonne (Setting Sun), Act III: Vorspiel (arr. R. Gound for piano) () * (00:03:23)
Széchényi, Andor
19
Ein Marsch mehr! (One More March!) () * (00:02:47)
20
Gedanken-Walzer (Thinking Waltz) () * (00:06:14)
21
Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka () * (00:03:10)
Széchényi, Imre
22
3 Walzer for piano 4 hands: No. 1. — () * (00:06:01)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:17:05

The Artist

István Kassai Kassai has won several first prizes in international competitions such as the International Piano Competition for Young Artists in 1972 in Czechoslovakia, the Piano Competition organised by Hungarian Radio in 1979, and the Paris International Debussy Piano Competition in 1982. Moreover, Kassai’s artistic talent was acknowledged by such prestigious awards as the ARTISJUS-Prize in 1976, the Bonnaud-Chevillion-Prize of the Fondation de France in 1986, the Nívó Prize of Hungarian Radio in 1990, the Ferenc Liszt Prize in 2001 and the Leó Weiner Memorial Prize in 2010. He has been a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Art since 2013.
György Lázár Lázár regularly appears with the Yvette Bozsik dance ensemble and the Arts Harmony artists’ society, of which he is artistic director. In 2004 György Lázár was awarded the Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.