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Vedres Csaba és a Kairosz Kvartett
Hungary
 
 
Give My Regards to Chick Corea - Childrens Songs Variations comprehensive

Enlarge this picture! “Chick Corea is one of the most exciting and most original and – I am sure – one of the greatest composers of our time. „Children’s Songs”, the cycle of piano pieces composed of twenty movements appeared in 1984 on CD. I heard it first 15 years ago then got the score and learnt the pieces and they became parts of my everyday life. I could not help thinking that these short movements are so diversified and colourful that parts of them could become chamber music. Later when I had the opportunity to accomplish this idea with the quartet Kairosz, I started to do it.
As a composer, I was at least similarly excited to re-think these little pieces. I do not want to say that they are not perfect as they are. But they are so rich in ideas that certain themes are worth extending, re-interpreting and re-thinking. It was a game – a liberated and joyful game. So the music commentaries came to life: transitional pieces between improvisation and variation; the previous ones more compacted, the latter ones freer.
Intimate and rich pieces came thus to life with a changed composition because of the ten music commentaries therefore the original series within the cycle had to be modified, too. In honour of Chick Corea! We, members of Kairosz do hope that we succeeded in emphasising the richness of „Children’s Songs” with a different approach. “
Csaba Vedres

Júlia Gyermán - violin
Zsófia Molnár - violin
Tamás Cs. Nagy - viola
Gergő Sipos Gábor - cello
Csaba Vedres - piano

1.Children's Songs XII. (1:35)
2.Children's Songs - Comment XII. (4:16)
3.Children's Songs III. (1:55)
4.Children's Songs IV. (1:57)
5.Children's Songs II. (0:58)
6.Children's Songs VI. (2:16)
7.Children's Songs X. (1:37)
8.Children's Songs VII. (1:35)
9.Children's Songs XIII. (1:25)
10.Children's Songs - Comment XIII. (1:47)
11.Children's Songs XVI. (1:02)
12.Children's Songs XIV. (2:05)
13.Children's Songs I. (2:05)
14.Children's Songs - Comment I. (3:21)
15.Children's Songs IX. (0:55)
16.Children's Songs - Comment IX. (1:06)
17.Children's Songs XVII. (0:57)
18.Children's Songs - Comment XVII. (4:23)
19.Children's Songs - Comment VIII. (3:02)
20.Children's Songs - Comment XI. (1:20)
21.Children's Songs XV. (1:04)
22.Children's Songs - Comment XV. (1:56)
23.Children's Songs VIII. (1:45)
24.Children's Songs XVIII. (1:41)
25.Children's Songs - Comment XVIII. (1:02)
26.Children's Songs XIX. (2:37)
27.Children's Songs - Comment XIX. (2:50)
28.Children's Songs XX. (1:36)
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BGCD 186 CD 2007   14.00
 
 
Blessed Time
(Áldott idő)
comprehensive

Enlarge this picture! What is the aim of Kairosz? It is to perform accessible contemporary classical music. We are confident that the elevation of rock music as a common musical language in the realm of 'high culture' would generate a boost to the present crisis of classical contemporary music.

The controversial situation of Kairosz stems from this point. Those who wish to be entertained by our music, will be disappointed, since the music of Kairosz is unsuitable as entertaining or background music. On the other hand, those who expect "standard classical music" will be disappointed as well, since the works of Mozart, Schubert or Bartók are not part of our repertoire.

The long-term goal of Kairosz is to occupy a mid-point position in the musical life, similarly to the Brodsky or Kronos Quartets.

“The Kairos-image on the cover originally decorated the Stadium of Olympia. Nowadays only copies are available. The story speaks about a fleet-footed young man disappearing as wind. He has a sharp dagger in the right hand which helps him to overcome all troubles. On his front head, he has got one single long tuft of hair. He is Kairos, the god of right moment. Kairos is the symbol of “proper time” created by God. Kairos is the incarnation of “accomplished time”, the “proper time” He arrives quickly and disappears in the same way. If you are not prepared for his arrival, you can not grasp it.

The point here is time, our life, the recognized or missed occasions; the life-influencing minutes between “carpe diem” and “the hour of our death”; it is not about Chronos, the god of dividable, though immeasurable long and immeasurable short course of time which is terribly passing. It is not about him, but his pair, the enlightening time that ripens and hides good occasions. Time of Chronos is flowing-passing. Expected or unexpected, time of Kairos reaches you suddenly. If you recognize and grasp its sense, i.e. the proper occasion, you have become richer, perhaps happier. You may, however, be slow, you may miss the proper occasion, and Kairos does not stop. He does not favour anybody, only flashes again and again the possibilities during your life.

The twins or contrasting duality of Chronos-Kairos have been present, since the dawn of thinking, in man who meditates on the creation and contemplates the course of life. Everyday language expresses lively this point of the duality in time. The ploughman says: time is passing. It is passing because Chronos is rigorously grinding it. It is passing and is getting filled by which the occasions offered by God are presented to our free will “at proper time”. If our choice is correct, our days, hours “pass” enriched by sense and sensibility. (after dr György Kolumbán)

The compositions on this CD try to grasp the typical moments of man living in the duality of Chronos-Kairos; the maddening race; the everydays of heavily polluted cities. The almost constant internal tension, loneliness and alienation. And as opposed to them, the suddenly attacking unforeseeable time of grace. Sudden silence. A minute when we realize: it could have happened or could happen otherwise…. Brightness when a completely common moment reflects the message of an other world. The minute when a completely forgotten landscape, face, melody and flavour help us revive – for a while – our childhood. A surprisingly born friendship, an immediately beloved place or a strange moment which became unforgettable for some reason. The Kairos itself. “
Vedres arranged Peter Hammill's (Van Der Graaf Generator) Siren Song and the Sysytem Of A Down's Toxicity.

Júlia Gyermán - violin
Zsófia Molnár - violin
Tamás Cs. Nagy - viola
Gergő Sipos Gábor - cello
Csaba Vedres - piano

1.Gierriero (2:16)
2.Ragyogás (7:29)
3.Toxicity (3:34)
4.Áldott idő
5.Szórakozott szamba (3:55)
6.Szirén dal (5:59)
7.Zongoraötös I. Allegro marcato (6:37)
8.II. Adagio quasi una fantasia (4:17)
9.III. Giocoso (3:56)
10.IV. Presto (4:57)
bonus tracks
1.Blues-fantázia (7:22)
2.Stonehenge (4:43)
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BGCD 176 CD 2006   14.00