Huijnen & Grotenhuis: Dance! | Challenge Classics CC72683

Huijnen & Grotenhuis: Dance!


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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72683

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 6th November 2015



Cecile Huijnen (violin)
Marieke Grotenhuis (accordion)


Bartok, Bela

Romanian folk dances (6) for piano, Sz56 BB68 (arr. violin and accordion)

Bloch, Ernest


Brahms, Johannes

Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1
» no.1 in G minor
» no.6 in D flat major
» no.7 in F major

Dvorak, Antonin

Humoresques (8), op.101 B187
» no.7 in G flat major
Slavonic Dances: Series I, op.46 B83
» no.1 in C major

Kodaly, Zoltan

Hungarian Dances (3)

Kupkovic, Ladislav


Piazzolla, Astor

Histoire du Tango
» Cafe 1930
» Nightclub 1960


Cecile Huijnen (violin)
Marieke Grotenhuis (accordion)


‘Dance!’ features the seldom heard combination of violin and accordion. Not much repertoire has been composed for this pairing of instruments, so all of the varied music here - including well-known pieces by Brahms, Bartók, Dvorák and others - has been expertly arranged.

It’s performed by two top Dutch musicians: violin virtuoso Cécile Huijnen is first concert master of The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held since 2000, and Marieke Grotenhuis is one of the foremost accordionists in the Netherlands.

The music ranges from the popular - Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, one of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and his Humoresque, and three Hungarian Dances by Brahms - to the rarely heard. The latter include Kodály’s Three Hungarian Dances, the inspiration for which was found early in his youth, from gypsy concerts in his birthplace Galantá, and a 1905 adagio originally written for a sonata for viola and piano.

‘Abodah’ was written by the Jewish-Swiss-American composer Ernst Bloch in 1929 for the then 12-year-old violinist Yehudi Menuhin. In his four-part ‘Histoire du Tango’ (two of the pieces are performed here), originally written for flute and guitar, Astor Piazzolla painted the musical history of the tango.

The disc ends with ‘Souvenir’ by Slovakian-German composer Ladislav Kupkovic (b.1936), “a frivolous piece, with lots of fun and puns about violin techniques” in Cécile Huijnen’s description. Violinist Gidon Kremer has proved himself to be a real ambassador for the work, regularly performing it in concerts.

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