Kodály: Budavári Te Deum, Psalmus Hungaricus, Bartók: Cantata Profana - Foster

Kodály: Budavári Te Deum, Psalmus Hungaricus, Bartók: Cantata Profana - Foster

PentaTone Classics  PTC 5187071

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

Kodály: Budavári Te Deum*, Psalmus Hungaricus**
Bartók: Transylvanian Dances, Cantata Profana^

Luiza Fatyol* (soprano)
Roxana Constantinescu* (mezzo)
Marius Vlad*/**, Ioan Hotea^ (tenors)
Bogdan Baciu*/^ (baritone)
Junior VIP**
Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra
Lawrence Foster (conductor)


The Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra and conductor Lawrence Foster present choral-orchestral works by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. They join forces with a remarkable group of soloists – including Luiza Fatyol, Roxana Constantinescu, Marius Vlad, Ioan Hotea and Bogdan Baciu – as well as the Junior VIP children’s choir. The album opens with Kodály’s Budavári Te Deum and Psalmus Hungaricus, followed by Bartók’s Transylvanian Dances and culminating in the composer’s Cantata Profana. The latter work, based on ancient myth, was originally conceived in Romanian, but the piece is usually performed in a Hungarian version. This recording reinstates the Romanian original version, retouched by choir conductor Cornel Groza. In general, this recording by Romanian ensembles of works by Hungarian composers linked to Romanian sources can be seen as an exploration of Romania and Hungary’s shared roots, and of the bicultural nature of Transylvania in particular.

Lawrence Foster has a vast Pentatone discography, including several orchestral and complete opera recordings. The Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra so far featured on two Pentatone recordings under the baton of Foster: Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (2021) and Melody Moore’s solo recital Remembering Tebaldi (2023). Roxana Constantinescu featured on Pentatone recordings of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Puccini’s Il tabarro (both 2020), while Marius Vlad appeared on the above-mentioned La Fanciulla del West recording.

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