Kassai István


CSÁKVÁRI Ilona  ↑ 1982
KERTÉSZ Lajos      2007
KADOSA Pál           1982
CZIFFRA György    1982
Yvonne LEFÉBURE 1984
KASSAI István
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Mosonyi: Piano Music Naxos 8.223559 issued 

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Mosonyi and Liszt - Hearing Ear to Ear on Death
a review by Hexameron

Along with Erkel and Abranyi, Mihaly Mosonyi (1815-1870) is one of the elite Hungarian composers of the nineteenth century, although better known in his country than in other European regions. His music might not have reached international fame, but Liszt's approbation for his compositions is well-worth considering. Liszt borrowed many ideas from Mosonyi's music and three such works inspired by Mosonyi are featured here. It should be immediately noted that Istvan Kassai gives one of the best interpretations of these Liszt pieces than anyone else I've heard, including Leslie Howard.

Writing to his friend Kornel von Abranyi, Liszt says, "Many of the published compositions of Mosonyi deserve to be more and better known..." It wasn't uncommon for Liszt to generously praise lesser-known composers, but his compliment rings true for me, especially after examining the music on this recording. The Three Piano Pieces are admittedly delicate salon miniatures, the "Prayer after endured Danger" being the most outstanding by its melancholic nature. The "Two Pearls" are based on a real-life incident with Clara Schumann and are indeed "pearls" of Mosonyi's piano oeuvre. "Eyes bedewed with Tears," is a gorgeous and sweetly sorrowful work, "a reflection of the love-story of the Schumanns, confession of love and tragic parting..." While Mosonyi's three longer Hungarian-flavored pieces say nothing new, they are pleasing and delivered with both passion and poise by Kassai. Mosonyi's triumph, however, is the "Funeral Music for the Death of Istvan Szechenyi," a work broiling with "bitter cries" and "poignant chords." As an expressive and solemn Funeral March, this is one the finest in the repertoire, with a beautiful central section framed by dark threnodies.

The three remaining works are by Liszt and it is with these in mind that I give this recording five stars. Liszt's "Funeral Prelude and Funeral March" is a stunning traversal of an angst-ridden and bleak world. As much as the piece is supposed to be a dirge, I find myself imagining a program similar to Totentanz: Death sowing its horrors across the world. The otherworldly middle section, like a mournful hymn from pleading angels above, brings some relief after the sinister march. But the "relentless tread of Death" inevitably returns and the work ends unresolved in a murky bass tremolo. Istvan Kassai's interpretation is breathtaking and imbues this music with a visceral impact that other pianists haven't quite achieved. Liszt clearly borrows ideas from Mosonyi's "Funeral March for the Death of Istvan Szechenyi," and he also uses them for his own Hungarian Historical Portrait, "Mosonyi's Funeral Procession." This march is similarly black and morose, with occasional nostalgic respites; all in all, it is a striking and emotional piece, revealing Liszt and Mosonyi's comparable feelings towards death in their music.

Bottom line: Mosonyi's piano pieces may not be unique, but some of them have an originality that can be vouched for. The "Two Pearls" are excellent examples, and Mosonyi's powerful Funeral March is his grandest conception. Liszt's three works, however, convey the virtues of this Marco Polo release. And Kassai's interpretations of these pieces are clairvoyant, dramatic, and completely moving.

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