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ZOLTAN KODALY  

(1882 - 1967)

Kodály, a colleague of Bartók in the early collection of folk music in Hungary and neighbouring regions, made his later career in his own country, where the system of musical education he devised has had a profound effect, as it has abroad. His own music is imbued with the spirit and musical idiom of Hungary and is in general less astringent than is sometimes the case with the music of Bartók. He was active as a composer until his death in 1967.

Stage Works

Kodály wrote relatively little for the stage. His Singspiel or musical play Háry Janós, more widely known in the orchestral excerpts heard frequently in the concert hall, deals with the alleged exploits of an old soldier, Háry, who has a vivid imagination and no regard for truth or probability. These include his single-handed defeat of Napoleon and the French armies.

Orchestral Music

In addition to the orchestral suite derived from Háry Janós, Kodály’s Dances of Marosszék, Dances of Galánta and ‘Peacock’ Variations make powerful use of Hungarian folk material.

Choral Music

Kodály wrote a great deal of choral and vocal music, much of it for his choral method, an essential element in his plan for general musical education. He won his greatest early success with Psalmus hungaricus in 1923, and in 1936 celebrated the 250th anniversary of the re-conquest of Buda from the Turks with a Te Deum. His Missa brevis was written during the later years of World War Two. His unaccompanied choral work Jesus and the Traders has always proved effective.

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Catalogue No  Work Category 
40 TRACKS FOR 40 YEARS - Delos' 40th Anniversary Celebration Delos
DE3440
Instrumental
BBC LEGENDS - Great Recordings from the Archive (20 CD Box Set) ICA Classics
ICAB5113
Instrumental
BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER - 125 YEARS EuroArts
2000068
Classical Concert
Cello Recital: Gustafsson, Jan-Erik - SZYMANOWSKI, K. / KODALY, Z. / SCHNITTKE, A. Ondine
ODE827-2
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Kosower, Mark - BARTOK, B. / DOHNANYI, E. / KODALY, Z. / LISZT, F. / (Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano) Naxos
8.570570
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Quandt, Ludwig - KODALY, Z. / LIGETI, G. / KURTAG, G. (Solo) Campanella Musica
C130144
Instrumental, Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Yang, Wen-Sinn - KODÁLY, Z. / SCHUBERT, F. / DOHNÁNYI, E. / KREISLER, F. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. Oehms Classics
OC866
Chamber Music
Choral Concert: Collegium Vocale zu Franziskanern Luzern - BRITTEN, B. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / ELGAR, E. / KODALY, Z. (Sacred and Profane) Solo Musica
SM185
Choral - Secular
Clarinet Evergreens Naxos
8.553427
Instrumental
CRUMB / HINDEMITH / KODALY / SALLINEN: Works for Solo Cello BIS
BIS-CD-25
Instrumental
DOHNANYI, E.: Serenade in C Major / KODALY, Z.: Serenade / BARTOK, B.: Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion Delos
DE3151
Chamber Music
DOUBLE PLAY - 20TH CENTURY DUOS FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO Cedille
CDR90000-047
Chamber Music
FARKAS, F.: Aria e Rondo all'ungherese / RANKI, G.: Don Quijote and Dulcinea / HIDAS, F.: Oboe Concerto (Gilbert) Capriccio
C10894
Chamber Music
Hong Kong Children's Choir: Flying Free Marco Polo
8.001
Chinese Music
HUNGARIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.550142
Orchestral
HUNGARIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.570053
Orchestral
KODALY / LISZT: Piano Music BIS
BIS-CD-194
Instrumental
KODALY, Z.: Cello Sonata / Duo / BOTTERMUND, H.: Variations on a theme by Paganini (Starker Plays Kodaly) (Starker, Gingold) Delos
DE1015
Chamber Music, Instrumental
KODALY, Z.: Dances of Galanta / MOZART, W.A.: Clarinet Concerto / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 8 (Mach, Prague Symphony, Kout) ArcoDiva
FOK0003-2
Orchestral
KODALY, Z.: Hary Janos Suite / Dances of Galanta / DOHNANYI, E.: Konzertstuck (Starker, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.572749
Orchestral
KODALY: String Quartets No. 1 and 2 / Gavotte BIS
BIS-CD-564
Chamber Music
KODALY: Complete Organ Music BIS
BIS-CD-199
Instrumental
KODALY: Duo / Cello Sonata Oehms Classics
OC261
Chamber Music, Instrumental
KODALY: Duo for violin and cello / Cello Sonatas / Adagio for cello BIS
BIS-CD-172
Chamber Music
KODALY: Duo for Violin and Cello / Hungarian Rondo / Adagio for Cello / Sonatina Naxos
8.554039
Chamber Music, Instrumental
KODALY: Galanta Dances / Marosszek Dances / The Peacock Naxos
8.550520
Orchestral
KODALY: Hary Janos Suite / Dances of Galanta BIS
BIS-CD-875
Orchestral
KODALY: Three Chorale Preludes / Cello Sonatas Opp. 8 and 4 Naxos
8.553160
Chamber Music, Instrumental
MARTIN, F.: Mass for Double Choir / KODALY, Z.: Missa brevis / POULENC, F.: Litanies a la vierge noire (Bavarian Radio Chorus, Dijkstra) BR-Klassik
403571900500
Choral - Sacred
MYSTERY CLASSICS - Curl up with the Classics Delos
DE1601
Chamber Music
ONCE UPON A TIME Naxos
8.557953-54
Orchestral
SAINT-SAENS / TCHAIKOVSKY / RACHMANINOV: Popular and Serious Music for Cello and Piano BIS
BIS-CD-72
Chamber Music
SODERSTROM, Elisabeth / MEYER, Kerstin - Duets for Two Sopranos BIS
BIS-CD-17
Vocal
SYMPHONIC SOUND STAGE, Vol. 2 Delos
DE3504
Orchestral
UNITED STATES ARMY BAND: Dances Around the World Altissimo
75442260662
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Viola Recital: Bradley, Sarah-Jane - MARTINU, B. / KODALY, Z. / DOHNANYI, E. / JOACHIM, J. / ENESCU, G. (Music for Viola and Piano) Naxos
8.572533
Chamber Music
Viola Recital: Chase, Roger - BENJAMIN, A. / ENESCU, G. / KODALY, Z. / JONGEN, J. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. / PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. (The Virtuoso Viola) Naxos
8.572293
Instrumental
Violin and Cello Recital: duoW - KODALY, Z. / HALVORSEN, J. / LEONARD, H. / SERVAIS, A.F. / RAVEL, M. / SOUSA, J.P. (Entendre) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92171
Chamber Music
Violin and Cello Recital: Eight Strings - KODALY, Z. / CIRRI, G.B. / HALVORSEN, J. / GLIERE, R. (Duos for Violin and Cello) Oehms Classics
OC777
Chamber Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Eichhorn, Friedemann / Findeisen, Peer - POLYAKIN, M. / LISZT, F. / BARTOK, B. / HUBAY, J. (Encores and More) Solo Musica
SM130
Chamber Music
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