Mr. Csontos definitively plays hard.
Joel Gonzalez | Xalapa, México | 12/19/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mr. Csontos plays hard, and i am not precisely talking about volume. But if you are looking for some interesting music originally written for the Doublebass this is a very good option. Mr. Csontos offers a very solid and firm playing, with a good phrase conducting, particulary at the Eccles and Misek sonatas. He makes the Eccles sonata very diferent than, for example, Mr. Radoukanov, who takes it lighter and faster. However, this version is more musical, pretty solid and decided, definitively very inspirational playing. I think that Eccles is ok, but definitively Misek takes all the credits with a very fresh and strong playing, Mr. Csontos really made a new version, without breaking the laws of tradition (he rarely does it). Hindemith is Hindemith, and a very detailed opinion about it will take me some 10 or 12 more listens, he, he. And i think that the last part of the disc is a little tedious. However, Jentzsch has a cool harmony driving, and Montag,...Montag, well, it's not Mr. Csontos fault!(In my very particular opinion). I think that Mr. Csontos has a strong character and that is transmissible, to everyone who hears him. Don't stay without it!."
Amazing tone and music
Scott A. Cronk | Santa Rosa, CA USA | 03/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have a collection of more than 20 solo contra bass recording artists, and this is one of my favorites. Ferenc Csontos performance of Henry Eccles Sonata is my favorite of more than half a dozen recordings of this piece I have heard from various bassists. This particular recording has brought tears to my eyes on several occasions."