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Bartók: First Rhapsodie; Deux Portrait

Audio Samples

>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Dances of Galanta (Galanti tancok), for orchestra
>Bartók, Béla : Portraits (2) for violin and orchestra, Op. 5/Sz 37
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Hary Janos, suite from the opera for orchestra
>Bartók, Béla : Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra no 1, Sz 87
>Ligeti, György : Concert Românesc

Album Summary

>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Dances of Galanta (Galanti tancok), for orchestra
>Bartók, Béla : Portraits (2) for violin and orchestra, Op. 5/Sz 37
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Hary Janos, suite from the opera for orchestra
>Bartók, Béla : Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra no 1, Sz 87
>Ligeti, György : Concert Românesc
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Notes & Reviews:

"As a leading interpreter of the music of Enescu, it's hardly surprising that Lawrence Foster should feel such a strong empathy with the Ligeti, and he delivers a committed performance with the well-drilled Gulbenkian Orchestra...In the Kodaly, Foster once again secures very neat playing from his Portugese orchestra." -BBC Music Magazine***

"An appealing Eastern-flavoured musical salad this...Lawrence Foster directs warm, attentively phrased performances, often rich in detail...Hary Janos is given a spirited, extrovert performance with an impressive show of vividly recorded percussion and plenty of tenderness in the "Song"."-Gramophone Magazine

"The work's various solos are tastefully given, with admirable precision, but it is more in the élan of the tutti at full speed that the orchestra impresses...All in all, this is a most persuasive compilation, both for its excellent playing and for its intelligent and unusual programming."-International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grande Auditório of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, (11/2009).



Reviews

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This was a real disappointment. It got good reviews so I was anticipating something good. In the Kodaly compare Adam and Ivan Fischer. You will hear instrumental solos in those recordings that have inflection and nuance and character. This all sounded generic. I've no comparisons for the other works but found the whole experience uninvolving.
Submitted on 07/27/11 by Stumpf 
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Works Details

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Dances of Galánta (Galánti táncok), for orchestra
  • Performer: Esther Georgie (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Portraits (2) for violin and orchestra, Op. 5/Sz 37
  • Performer: Mihaela Costea (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 12 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907-1911

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Háry János, suite from the opera for orchestra
  • Performer: Cyril Dupuy (Cimbalom)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 22 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926-1927

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra no 1, Sz 87
  • Performer: Mihaela Costea (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Concert Românesc
  • Performers: Kenneth Best (Natural Horn); Jonathan Luxton (Natural Horn)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 13 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952