STEFAN NÉMETH-SAMORÍNSKY (1896-1975): 6 Songs to Poems by Endre Ady, VLADIMÍR SOMMER (1921-1997): 7 Songs, EUGEN SUCHON (1908-1993): Nox et Solitudo, Op. 4, ANTONÍN DVORÁK (1841-1904): In Folk Tone, Op. 73, 4 Songs, Op. 82, JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897): 4 ernste Gesänge, Op. 121, PETER TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893): Only You Alone, Op. 57/6, He Loved Me So Much, Op. 28/4, I'll Tell You Nothing, Op. 60/2, Was I Not a Little Blade of Grass in the Meadow?, Op. 47/7, Zemfira's Song, None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6/6, Forgive!, Op. 60/8, Does the Day Reign?, Op. 47/6.
Catalogue Number: 12Q043
Reference: UP 0151-2 302
Description: One full disc of unusual repertoire: Németh was from the Hungarian-speaking part of the Austro-Hungarian empire which became part of Slovakia after the first world war and his choice of poems written between 1942 and 1944 by a popular Hungarian poet are a crucible for anguished, expressive settings which limn the composer's own late-life crisis and also function as a reminder that he studied in Budepest in the 1920s with Bartók. Sommer sets Rilke, Alexander Blok and Sergei Yesenin in his 1981 cycle, haunted by death and regret, leaving Suchon's five-song cycle of 1932, written under the watchful eye of his teacher Viteszlav Novák in an appealing late romantic style, are no warmer or happier in their choice of poems. 2 CDs. Hungarian, Russian (Cyrillic), Czech-English texts. Eva Garajová (mezzo), Marian Lapsansky (piano).