This new recording presents the most important works for cello by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály: the magnificent, gigantic and moving Solo Sonata, the Sonatina and Sonata for cello and piano, the beautiful Adagio for cello and piano and the insanely virtuosic Capriccio for cello solo: music of sweeping passion, tenderness and beauty, in which the rich Hungarian folk music is never far absent.
Played by two Hungarians: István Várdai and Klára Würtz. Both put their entire soul into this music, helped by their innate feeling for the Hungarian melodies and general atmosphere.
István Várdai is one of the most promising young cellists of today. A First Prize winner of the ARD Competition he has embarked on a brilliant international solo career. Klára Würtz, First Prize winner of the Pozzoli Competition, played with a.o. Bernard Haitink and Jiri Belohlavek, in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall and Salzburg Mozarteum.