HALLGATÓ
Ferenc Snétberger
Keller Quartett
Music by Dimitri Shostakovich, Samuel Barber, John Dowland and Ferenc Snétberger
 
ECM New Series 2653                    CD 6024 3519395 3                        Release: February 12, 2021
 
Ferenc Snétberger: guitar
 
Keller Quartett: András Keller, Zsófia Környei: violins; Gábor Homoki: viola; László Fenyö: violoncello.
 
Gyula Lázár: double bass
 
On Hallgató, recorded live in the Grand Hall of Budapest’s Liszt Academy, Ferenc Snétberger and the Keller Quartett, respectively Hungary’s outstanding acoustic guitarist and its foremost string quartet, are heard together and separately in a moving and organically unfolding programme, with compositions by Snétberger, Shostakovich, John Dowland and Samuel Barber. Snétberger’s “In Memory of My People”, dedicated to his Sinti and Roma forebears, is a powerful and spirited piece, both threnody and celebration. Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet, also dedicated to the victims of war, is played with great sensitivity and feeling by the Keller musicians. Subtle arrangements of John Dowland find Snétberger with the Keller Quartett for “I saw my lady weep” and in duo with cellist László Fenyö for “Flow, my tears”. The Keller Quartett address the yearning quality of Barber’s Molto adagio from his String Quartet op.11, and Snétberger offers a glimmer of hope with the tender solo guitar piece “Your Smile”. The concluding “Rhapsody 1”,with Snetberger and string quintet, is a new arrangement of a radiant theme originally written by Ferenc for a film project about the Roma. In total: a very involving and gripping album. Recorded in December 2018, and produced by Manfred Eicher.
 
Ferenc Snétberger & Keller Quartet 
Hallgató
Music by Dimitri Shostakovich, Samuel Barber, John Dowland and Ferenc Snétberger

Ferenc Snétberger (guitar) 
Keller Quartet: András Keller, Zsófia Környei (violin), Gábor Homoki (viola), László Fenyő (cello) 
Gyula Lázár (double bass)

Ferenc Snétberger (*1957)

1-3   Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra  (1994/95)
 „In Memory of My People"
 Version for guitar and string quintet (2008)
 Hallgató Adagio-Allegro
 Emlékek Adagio
 Tánc Allegro furioso

Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

4-8  String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (1960)
        Largo
Allegro Molto
Allegretto
Largo
Largo 
 
John Dowland (1563-1626)

 9 I Saw My Lady Weep (1600)
 For guitar and string quartet

10 Flow, My Tears (1600)
for guitar and violoncello

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

11  Adagio for strings
From: String Quartet op. 11 ( 1936) 

Ferenc Snétberger

12 Your Smile (2017) 
  for solo guitar

13 Rhapsody No. 1 for Guitar and Orchestra (2005)
Version for guitar and string quintet
 
Recorded live in December 2018 at the Liszt Academy Budapest.