Organ and percussion, one of the most exotic instrumental combinations in modern music, invariably produce delightful sonic effects and contrasts. This also applies to Zsigmond Szathmáry's Sense of Rhythm, where this renowned concert organist and performer of contemporary organ music explores the duo format as a vehicle for conversation, conflict and reconciliation in a rich array of shades and hues.
The lavishly scored percussion part (vibraphone, glockenspiel, woodblocks, cymbals, tam-tam, tom-toms, bass drum, Chinese opera gongs and much else) ensures a great variety of colours perfectly suited to the harmonic capacities of the organ. Both instrumental parts clearly reveal the composer's fondness for sophisticated rhythms and varied proportions.
Once again Szathmáry uses the organova series to present contemporary music at a high level that places demands on performers and listeners alike while employing a musical idiom and energy that never fail to achieve their effect.Lavishly scored percussion partRhythmic, energetic, effective: contemporary music at a high level