09 October 2016

“Worth discovering”. Robert Shore reviews CET for JazzWise

Szilárd Mezei Septet Cet Odradek Records ODRCD506 ★★★
Szilárd Mezei (vla), Andrea Berendika (f, af), Bogdan Rankovic (as, bcl), Branislav Aksin (t), Máté Pozsár (p), Ervin Malina (b) and István Csík (d).
Rec. 9-11 January 2015
Szilárd Mezei was born in 1974 in Senta, Serbia, which was then part of Yugoslavia, and where Mezei was a member of the Hungarian minority. He trained in Senta, Subotica and then Belgrade, and is already a veteran of the recording process, having had over 30 discs of his music released. As a composer, Mezei draws deeply on Hungarian folk music, though free jazz, contemporary classical and Béla Bartók also mark his practise; the creative methods of Witold Lutoslawski and Anthony Braxton have likewise been mentioned in connection with him (the title of the second track is represented by a drawing rather than a word). Mezei’s septet are sophisticated but also spirited, angular avant-gardists who revel in odd musical metres that inspire you with madcap Jazz Age ideas such as “I want to dance all night – in the manner of a rhomboid”. Well, that’s what ‘Szil/Elm’ got me thinking anyway. Mezei plays a leading role on viola, described as an instrument of the shadows by György Ligeti; other members of the septet provide more than mere backing, and plenty of light. “The disc represents a collective approach to recording. Everyone had his own role and there were no subordinates,” notes Mezei. Worth discovering.
JazzWise Robert Shore
October 2016
01 – Beethoven – 8 Variations in C major on a theme by Count Waldstein Wo0 67 // Boundless
  1. 01 – Beethoven – 8 Variations in C major on a theme by Count Waldstein Wo0 67 // Boundless
  2. 02 – Beethoven – Sonata for Piano Four Hands in D major Op 6 – I. Allegro molto // Boundless
  3. 03 – Beethoven – Sonata for Piano Four Hands in D major Op 6 – II. Rondo moderato // Boundless
  4. 04 – Beethoven – Quintet for Piano and Winds Op 16 – I. Grave – Allegro ma non troppo // Boundless
  5. 05 – Beethoven – Quintet for Piano and Winds Op 16 – II. Andante cantabile // Boundless
  6. 06 – Beethoven – Quintet for Piano and Winds Op 16 – III. Rondo Allegro ma non troppo // Boundless
  7. 07 – Beethoven – Six Variations in D major on ‘Ich denke dein’ for Piano Four Hands Wo0 74 // Boundless
  8. 08 – Beethoven – Marcia I in C major Op 45 – Allegro ma non troppo // Boundless
  9. 09 – Beethoven – Marcia II in E flat major Op 45 – Vivace // Boundless
  10. 10 – Beethoven – Marcia III in D major Op 45 – Vivace // Boundless
  11. 11 – Beethoven – Grosse Fuge in B-flat major Op 134 // Boundless