Pál Hermann (1902-44) Complete Surviving Music, Vol. 1
Toccata Classics TOCC 044

Release Date: 2nd Apr 2021





Clive Greensmith, cello (Tracks 1-5)
Kateryna Poteriaieva, violin (Tracks 6-9)
Alina Shevchenko, piano (Tracks 10-13)
Roman Marchenko, piano (Track 10)
Sofia Soloviy, soprano (Track 14)
Lviv International Symphony Orchestra (Tracks 1-9, 14)
Theodore Kuchar, conductor (Tracks 1-9, 14)

Cello Concerto 36:29
Clive Greensmith (cello)
Lviv International Symphony Orchestra
Theodore Kuchar

  1. I. Allegro cantabile 10:08
  2. II. Allegro - Lento - Andante "Disappearance" (After Hermann) 6:12
  3. III. Allegro (After Hermann) 8:33
  4. IV. Andante (After Hermann) 4:24
  5. V. Allegro giocoso (After Hermann) 7:12

Kammersonate (Version for Violin & Strings) 9:11
Kateryna Poteriaieva (violin)
Lviv International Symphony Orchestra
Theodore Kuchar

  1. I. Andante 3:04
  2. II. Allegro con brio 2:26
  3. III. Largo 0:38
  4. IV. Allegretto grazioso 3:03

10 Előjáték 3:26
Alina Shevchenko (piano)
Roman Marchenko (piano)

Suite for Piano 12:25
Alina Shevchenko (piano)

  1. I. Allegretto 3:22
  2. II. Molto allegro 4:23
  3. III. Lento 4:40

14 Ophélie (Orch. F. Conti) 8:19
Sofia Soloviy (soprano)
Lviv International Symphony Orchestra
Theodore Kuchar

Pál Hermann, born in Budapest in 1902, was not only one of the leading cellists of his generation: he was also an important composer, one of the major figures in Hungarian music in the generation after his teachers Bartók and Kodály. But since only two of his works were published before his early death, in 1944, at the hands of the Nazis, and many more of them were lost, he has not had the esteem that he deserves. This series will present all his surviving compositions, most of them in first recordings. The major work on this first album, Hermann’s Cello Concerto of 1925 in a reconstruction by the Italian composer Fabio Conti (b. 1967), sits somewhere between Bartók and Korngold and bids fair to become a staple of the cello repertoire.