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Two Generations: Choral and Organ Works by Zoltán Gárdonyi (1906-86) and Zsolt Gárdonyi (b.1946) / Kammerchor Bad Homburg; Rudolf Muller, organ

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Like father, like son: Zoltán Gárdonyi (1906–1986) and Zsolt Gárdonyi (*1946) have more in common than their family name. Both were born in Budapest and together they have shaped 20th century European sacred music for 70 years. Zoltán Gárdonyi, who was fortunate enough to enjoy musical training under Zoltán Kodály, Paul Hindemith and Arnold Schering, bequeathed his talent to his son Zsolt. He has now selected works from both generations, in order to portray the opus of both father and son. In the Erlöserkirche Bad Homburg, a breathtaking backdrop with equally impressive acoustics, the Kammerchor Bad Homburg (Susanne Rohn) and organist Rudolf Müller came together to unite TWO GENERATIONS onto one sound carrier. Well-known melodies from the Evangelical hymnal in new raiment combine here with the monumental, quasi-ominous sound of the powerful Erlöserkirche Sauer organ. Juxtaposition of the two Gárdonyis allows the fine distinctions of two otherwise remarkably similar compositional styles to come through. TWO GENERATIONS thus becomes a very special testimony to recent music history – vibrant and acoustically stunning.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
The program contains works by both father and son for organ and choir. The styles are conservative, somewhat in the neo-classic idiom. Of note are Zoltan's Variations on Veni Creator Spiritus for organ, Zsolt's Seven Last Words of Christ (for organ and speaker) and his Three Hommages for organ. The choral works are all of a high quality and are given splendid performances. The booklet offers notes on the music, texts, and the specification of the 1908 Wilhelm Sauer organ found in the Evangelische Erloserkirche in Bad Homburg, Germany.


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