MODERN ART ORCHESTRA | KODÁLY CHOIR The Peacock – Tribute To Zoltán Kodály

BMCCD333 2024

With its latest album, the Modern Art Orchestra, Hungary’s leading big band ensemble, undertakes to further interpret the choral works of Zoltán Kodály, one of the most influential figures in Hungarian folk music research and musical education. Kornél Fekete-Kovács and the MAO’s work is characterized by integrating various styles of contemporary classical music and jazz into a single artistic vision, as exemplified by their 2018 album reflecting on Bartók’s Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs. The approach of the current album is different simply in terms of the line-up: this time they have teamed up with the Kodály Choir from Debrecen. While on the Bartók recording, the dividing line between compositions and improvisations was less noticeable in the orchestra’s performance, here Kodály’s original choral works – including the iconic The Peacock – present a cross-section of the composer’s oeuvre, followed by big band and choral paraphrases of folk songs written by the orchestra members.
“For a Hungarian musician, Kodály is much more than a composer. We grew up in the music education system he developed, and although his legacy is now sadly fading, it still surrounds us today.” (Kornél Fekete-Kovács)

 

 


Artists

Modern Art Orchestra
Conducted by Kornél Fekete-Kovács

Kodály Choir
Conducted by Zoltán Kocsis-Holper


About the album

Compositions by Zoltán Kodály (CD1 - 2, 4, 7; CD2 - 2, 5, 8); Kornél Fekete-Kovács (CD1 - 1, 6, CD2 - 4, 7);
Gábor Subicz (CD1 - 3); János Ávéd (CD1 - 5); Kristóf Bacsó (CD2 - 1, 6); Gábor Cseke (CD2 - 3)

Orchestral recording at Pannonia Studio, Budapest on 3-4 April, 2022
Musical director: Zsuzsanna Dvorák; Recording engineer: György Mohai
Assistants: Dávid Kovács, Bence Bobák, Ábris Blaskó
Choir recording at Pásti street Synagogue, Debrecen
Recording engineer: Tamás Baranya; Assisant: András Turcsán, Ábris Blaskó
Overdub recording by Zoltán Zana on 28 September, 2023
Edited by Zsuzsanna Dvorák and Zoltán Zana
Mixed and mastered by Márton Fenyvesi

Artwork: Anna Natter / Cinniature

Produced by László Gőz
Label manager: Tamás Bognár

Supported by the National Cultural Fund of Hungary 


4500 HUF 14 EUR

MODERN ART ORCHESTRA | KODÁLY CHOIR: The Peacock CD1

01 Prelude to the Night 9:23
02 Este 4:52
03 Determination 6:02
04 Sirató ének 3:25
05 Eternity 10:55
06 False Call 3:10
07 Csalfa sugár 2:12
Total time CD1 40:03; CD2 46:41

MODERN ART ORCHESTRA | KODÁLY CHOIR: The Peacock CD2

01 The Scamp 7:12
02 Mátrai képek 10:21
03 Loyalty 5:33
04 Dusk 6:14
05 Fölszállott a páva 3:08
06 The Peacock 4:53
07 Children’s Song 6:33
08 Túrót eszik a cigány 2:33
Total time CD1 40:03; CD2 46:41

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THE PEACOCK – TRIBUTE TO ZOLTÁN KODÁLY 

CD1

1. Prelude to the Night (Kornél Fekete-Kovács)
    Kornél Fekete-Kovács – flugelhorn, Áron Komjáti – guitar

2. Este (Zoltán Kodály)
    Csilla Szerelem – soprano solo

3. Determination (Gábor Subicz)
    Attila Korb – trombone, Gábor Subicz – trumpet

4. Sirató ének (Zoltán Kodály)

5. Eternity (János Ávéd)
    Kriszta Pocsai – vocal, Kornél Fekete-Kovács – flugelhorn

6. False Call (Kornél Fekete-Kovács)
    János Ávéd – tenor saxophone, Balázs Cserta – tárogató

7. Csalfa sugár
(Zoltán Kodály)


CD2

1. The Scamp (Kristóf Bacsó)
    Attila Korb – trombone, Kristóf Bacsó – soprano saxophone, Kriszta Pocsai – vocal

2. Mátrai képek (Zoltán Kodály)

3. Loyalty (Gábor Cseke)
    Gábor Cseke – piano, Kristóf Bacsó – soprano sax, Balázs Cserta – tárogató

4. Dusk (Kornél Fekete-Kovács)
    Kornél Fekete-Kovács – trumpet and flugelhorn, Gábor Cseke – piano

5. Fölszállott a páva (Zoltán Kodály)

6. The Peacock (Kristóf Bacsó)
    Kristóf Bacsó – soprano saxophone

7. Children’s Song (Kornél Fekete-Kovács)
    Milán Szakonyi – spoken word, Kriszta Pocsai – vocal,
    Kornél Fekete-Kovács – trumpet, János Ávéd – tenor saxophone

8. Túrót eszik a cigány (Zoltán Kodály)


MODERN ART ORCHESTRA:
Kornél Fekete-Kovács – conductor, trumpet and flugelhorn

Kristóf Bacsó – soprano sax, alto sax, flute
Dávid Ülkei – alto sax, clarinet
János Ávéd – tenor sax, flute, alto flute
Balázs Cserta – tenor sax, flute, clarinet, tárogató
Mihály Bajusznács – bass clarinet

Balázs Szalóky – trumpet, flugelhorn
Balázs Bukovinszky – trumpet, flugelhorn
Gábor Subicz – trumpet, flugelhorn
Ferenc Magyar – trumpet, flugelhorn
Zoltán Varga – french horn

Attila Korb – solo trombone
Péter Magyar – trombone
Gábor Barbinek – trombone
Miklós Csáthy – bass trombone
Péter Kovács – tuba

Áron Komjáti – guitar
Gábor Cseke – piano
József Barcza Horváth – double bass
László Csízi – drums

Kriszta Pocsai – vocal
Milán Szakonyi – spoken word 

Crew:
Anna Gáspár – manager
Ábris Blaskó – production manager
Dávid Kovács – live sound and recording assistant
Kinga Tamás – communication
Dóra Trifonov – manager 


KODÁLY CHOIR
Zoltán Kocsis-Holper – conductor

Szabolcsné Márta (soprano principal)
Judit Balogh
Andrea Baráthné Nagy
Istvánné Boda
Petra Csáky
Ágnes Deményfalvi
Erzsébet Dr. Ditróiné Szilágyi
Judit Kovács
Lilian Kovács
Andrea Muzsi
Hajnalka Pinczésné Gönczi
Csilla Szerelem
Rita Varga Katalin

Péter Gáll (tenor principal)
József Balog
Levente Berki
Máriusz Bejan Miklós
Csaba Kiss
Károly Komódi
Tamás Kurgyis
Tibor Lakatos
Ernő Kiss Huba
Vilmos Ferencz

Tünde Győrfiné Hovancsek (alt principal)
Sára Tóth-Bartók
Csilla Csőszné Erdős
Éva Deméné Köpöczi
Sarolta Deményi 
Emőke Náray-Geréd
Klára Kuruczné Szőnyi
Bernadett Szabados-Szabó
Ildikó Újvárosi
Erna Gergely
Ágnes Kurfis

Sarolta Deményi (bass principal)
Ferenc Bálint
Zoltán Berindán
Hunor Benczédi
József Csávás
Attila Daika
Zsolt Fenyvesi
György Gánóczy
Ákos Jasznik
Máté Náray
Ferenc Szűcs
Szabolcs Vígh

Crew: Rozália Vass – cultural manager

 

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