With his 6th Pure DSD 256 Stereo release at NativeDSD Music, pianist Laszlo Borbely is joined by flutist Szabolcs Szilágyi. Their new album features compositions for piano and flute by Kodaly, Prokofiev, Liebermann and Kernis.
Szabolcs Szilágyi says “In particular, whether it is necessary, or even right, to follow conventions (the beaten track) when recording music, for example, or whether the performer can claim the right to show the listener the world he lives in, the world he knows best, with all its beauty and its countless oddities, even risks? More simply: does the performer dare to be personal enough? Because that's the point.
The works on the album and their authors are much more closely related than one might at first think. One composition each by two Eastern European geniuses (Kodály and Prokofiev) and two contemporary American composers (Liebermann and Kernis) is closely similar in genre, easily paired. Prokofiev's and Liebermann's sonatas have strong dramatic elements and are also the most significant, and without exaggeration, landmark compositions in the flute repertoire. Prokofiev's startling eclecticism and inimitable mood swings are all imprints of a deeply undulating tradition. Liebermann's work also draws on tradition, but with more naturalistic and direct means than his predecessor - there are few more extreme works. Both sonatas demand witchcraft virtuosity from both instrumentalists.”