Challenge
Hungarian Horizon
Zoltán Kodály / Béla Bartók
Valentina Tóth

Hungarian Horizon

CD | Challenge Classics | 0608917252224 | CC 72522 | 03-13

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About the album

“Music is a language everyone understands. When you communicate through music, there are no misunderstandings, there is no confusion.” That could be the artistic motto of Valentina Tóth (18)  – a young and highly promising pianist, a multi-talent who sings, dances, acts and plays the piano at an exceptionally high level. In 2009 she won first prize in the Princess Christina Piano Competition and her career has been on the up and up ever since. Skyrocketing. She is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, but already she has been on the stage at Carnegie Hall, and April 2013 Challenge Classics released her first album.

Valentina's grandfather immigrated from Hungary to the Netherlands. At young age Valentina discovered within herself a deep connection with both old Hungarian folksongs and music of Hungarian composers. The deep emotions in this music inspired her to play the works of two great Hungarian composers for this album, Bartók and Kodály. It challenges her to make the different voices and colors of an orchestra sound through the piano and to express great and tiny feelings in this classical 20th century Hungarian music. It’s a beautiful combination of piano music, partly inspired by the old Hungarian folk tradition.

The Bagatelles, Op. 6, written in 1908, are an important link in the work of Bartók. In them it first become clear how hard the composer was working to find his own super-personalised musical language. The work dates from the time when Bartók seriously started to collect and document Hungarian folk music. Bartók was able to take something that had been around ages (Hungarian folk music) and make something entirely new out of it.

Tóth combines the Bagatelles and the Three Folk Songs from Csík (now Ciuc in Romania) by Bartók with the Seven Piano Pieces, Op. 11, and the Dances of Marosszék by Kodály. Kodály based the latter work on melodies and dances he had collected in the Marosszék region in Transsylvania, Romania. He originally wrote this fairy-tale-like music – nowadays seldom heard in the concert hall – for piano, and later adapted it for orchestra.

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Persönliche Eindrücke der jungen Pianistin Valentina Tóth mit Musik von Bartok und Kodaly.

2009 gewann die Pianistin Valentina Tóth den ersten Preis beim niederländischen "Prinzessin Christina Klavierwettbewerb ".
Valentina Toth stammt aus einer ungarisch-niederländische Familie. Ihr Großvater väterlicherseits wanderte von Ungarn nach Holland aus, die Familie lebte in Friesland. Valentina hörte in ihrer Kindheit oft ungarische Volksmusik. Sie beschreibt diese Musik und auch die Ungarn als emotional und impulsiv. Diese Charaktereigenschaften sieht sie auch in sich selber verankert, sowie dieses familiäre Gefühl, das sich bei Valentina Toth einstellt, wenn sie ungarische Musik hört. "Für mich bedeutet Musik: eine Geschichte erzählen. Und genau das finde ich in den Werken von Bartok und Kodaly", so die junge Pianistin.


It is beautiful how Valentina Toth makes great art from this close to folk music leaning minatures. 
Klara
Tracklisting
19-05-2014 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth - Klara
28-10-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, Opzij
01-09-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth- Luister
22-07-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, Luister
01-07-2013 CC 72522 Valentina Tóth - Hungarian Horizon - Piano News
12-06-2013 Valentina Toth - Hungarian Horizon - Audio Freaks
01-06-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, Leeuwarder Courant
27-05-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, Pianowereld
08-05-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, www.opusklassiek.nl
06-05-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, Music Frames
03-05-2013 CC 72522 Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, Mania Klassiek
01-05-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, Pianowereld
26-04-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, Reformatorisch Dagblad
15-04-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, Opus Klassiek
12-04-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, de Gelderlander
10-04-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, Nieuwe Dockumer Courant
10-04-2013 CC 72522 - Hungarian Horizon - Valentina Tóth, MPodia
01-03-2013 Interview Hanna Devich and Valentina Toth in Luister
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June 3rd 2013 22:34
Lilian Peters:
We truly enjoyed listening to Valentina\'s passionate music at her debute CD Hungarian Horizons. Thank you dear Valentina for making the world more beautiful with your presence and talent.
June 3rd 2013 22:34
Lilian Peters:
We truly enjoyed listening to Valentina\'s passionate music at her debute CD Hungarian Horizons. Thank you dear Valentina for making the world more beautiful with your presence and talent.