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Zoltán Kodály

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Kodály, conducted by Kodály

1960. Royal Festival Hall, London
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings three orchestral songs by Kodály in a concert conducted by the composer
Composer Zoltán Kodály
Conductor Zoltán Kodály
Singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Ensemble London Symphony Orchestra
Genre Symphonic concert

Kodály’s vocal music is less well-known that his orchestral or chamber writing, but on the evidence of these three songs it deserves to be explored.

Kadar Kata is described as a Transylvanian folk ballad and draws, as with so much Kodály, on folk melody.  It is a richly atmospheric piece, full of melancholy.  Winter approaching is an evocation of the coming season with increasingly chilly soundscapes.  Finally, Weeping, weeping continues the dark, brooding mood.

Fischer-Dieskau brings the full range of vocal colours and mood setting to evoke the haunting atmosphere of these remarkable works.  And Kodály proves himself an outstanding interpreter of his own music, drawing highly expressive and richly impressionist playing from the London Symphony Orchestra.

Zoltán Kodály

  1. Kádár Kata
  2. Approaching Winter
  3. Weeping, weeping

These recordings are from the collection of Patrick Saul.

The recording dates from 1970.

  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Zoltán Kodály

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