Evocations: The Poet
David Pereira, cello, & David Bollard, piano
1992: Tall Poppies TP010
Erland von Koch
A Walter Kramer
This CD contains the only recording of Járdányi’s exquisite “Melodia” that I know of being commercially released; I have loved that piece since my cellist friend Lucy brought it to me (as her accompanist), saying “this is gorgeous, we HAVE to play it!” I cherish the cassette I have of us performing it in her Senior Recital, although we took it a little slowly and there were a few missed notes (but only a few): it’s a tremendous but brief melodrama of Eastern-European intensities and odd harmonies that still haunts me. The recording here is pretty good but again not quite perfect…there’s just some little element of performance magic missing, so you can hear how beautiful the piece is as written but you might not be swooning over it as Lucy and I were in playing it.
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