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BALASSA, SÁNDOR (b. 1935)

Complete Piano Music • 3


  • István Kassai, piano

Sándor Balassa has stated that his music for piano ‘has to evoke genuine emotions, recalling the abundance of a springtime meadow, giving us a feeling of richness, and inspiring a sense of adventure in us and touching our hearts’. In this third volume, which includes piano versions of pieces for harp and cimbalom, the sheer diversity of Balassa’s imagination is amply illustrated, conjuring atmosphere and poignant recollections as well as demanding exceptional virtuosity. Balassa considers the closing Fantázia, Op. 97 to be his best piano work.

Tracklist

 
Kicsi a bors… (Peppercorns are Small…), Op. 106 (2008) (00:12:00 )
1
No. 1. Andante * (00:01:49)
2
No. 2. Allegro assai * (00:02:22)
3
No. 3. quarter note = 56 * (00:01:42)
4
No. 4. Allegretto movimento * (00:02:09)
5
No. 5. eighth note = ca. 80 * (00:03:10)
6
No. 6. Molto allegro * (00:01:08)
 
Északi ajándék (A Gift from the North), Op. 139 (version for piano) (2015) (00:08:00 )
7
I. Andantino * (00:02:56)
8
II. eighth note = 116 * (00:01:17)
9
III. Lento tranquillo * (00:03:57)
 
12 Könnyű zongoradarab (12 Easy Piano Pieces), Op. 123 (2011) (00:25:00 )
10
No. 1. A kis pendelyes (Little Urchin) * (00:01:06)
11
No. 2. Téma változatokkal (Theme with Variations) * (00:02:00)
12
No. 3. Hubble ajándéka (Hubble's Present) * (00:02:49)
13
No. 4. Liliputi lakodalom (Lilliputian Wedding) * (00:02:11)
14
No. 5. Jégvirágok (Frost Patterns) * (00:02:10)
15
No. 6. Az el nem küldött levél (A Letter Never Sent) * (00:02:57)
16
No. 7. Tételpár (Pair of Movements) * (00:01:20)
17
No. 8. Álom (Dream) * (00:03:26)
18
No. 9. Etűd, amelyben a játékos maga választja meg a tempót (A Study Where the Player Chooses the Tempo) * (00:01:12)
19
No. 10. Altató (Lullaby) * (00:01:42)
20
No. 11. Március (March) * (00:01:08)
21
No. 12. Makovecz * (00:02:56)
 
Hajta virágai (Flowers from the Hajta), Op. 38 (version for piano) (1984) (00:06:00 )
22
I. Introduzione (Bevezető) * (00:00:52)
23
II. Rondo I * (00:02:55)
24
III. Rondo II * (00:02:14)
25
Rondo, Op. 145 (2018) * (00:02:33)
26
Fantázia (Fantasia), Op. 97 (2006) * (00:09:08)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:03:09

The Artist(s)

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.

The Composer(s)

Sándor Balassa Balassa’s lyrical compositional style and his sophisticated application of tone and timbre (he taught orchestration at the Budapest Academy of Music) lends a unique style to all his works, from the earliest opuses of his formative period to the neo-Classicism of his latest works.