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Alexander Tansman: Triptyque (1930); Witold Lutoslawski: Overture for Strings (1949); Folk Melodies (5) (1945); Gyorgy Orban: Court Dances / Erdody CO

Album Summary

>Tansman, Alexander : Triptyque for string quartet
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Overture for Strings, for string orchestra
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Folk Melodies (5) arranged for string orchestra
>Selmeczi, György : Concerto for 4 violins & orchestra
>Orbán, György : Court Dances, for orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The name of Aleksandre Tansman (1897-1986) is too little-known to music lovers, although in the 1920s he was – alongside Szymanowski – the most popular composer in Poland. Together with the works of Lutoslawski, Gyorgy Selmeczi (b. 1952) and Gyorgy Orban (b. 1947), this disc offers a bracing and invigorating selection of neo-classical leaning 20th c. works, including one first recording, performed by the Erdody Chamber Orchestra, led by conductor Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski, together with select string soloists.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Alexander Tansman's 17-minute Triptyque (1930) is fast-slow-fast in structure. The Five Folk Melodies are from a few years earlier. I and II are almost aphoristic; III, IV, and V are more straightforward settings. Gyorgy Selmeczi was born in Kolozsvar, now Cluj, in 1952. His Concerto for Four Violins and Strings is from 1999. Gyorgy Orban's Court Dances is from 2011; based on 17th-Century themes, it is a tonal, inventive, relaxing, refreshing 20 minutes, the best on the album. Playing and sound are sufficient; notes are in Polish, English, and Hungarian.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Budapest Music Center, Budapest, Hungary (06/10/2013-06/12/2013).



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Works Details

>Tansman, Alexander : Triptyque for string quartet
  • Conductor: Marc Nalecz-Niesiolowski
  • Ensemble: Erdody Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Budapest Music Center, Budapest, Hungary (06/10/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Overture for Strings, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Marc Nalecz-Niesiolowski
  • Notes: Budapest Music Center, Budapest, Hungary (06/10/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Folk Melodies (5) arranged for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Marc Nalecz-Niesiolowski
  • Notes: Budapest Music Center, Budapest, Hungary (06/10/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Selmeczi, György : Concerto for 4 violins & orchestra
  • Performers: Emese Gulyás (Violin); Orsolya Kovacs (Violin); Levente Szabo (Violin); Zsolt Szefcsik (Violin)
  • Conductor: Marc Nalecz-Niesiolowski
  • Notes: Budapest Music Center, Budapest, Hungary (06/10/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1999

>Orbán, György : Court Dances, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Marc Nalecz-Niesiolowski
  • Notes: Budapest Music Center, Budapest, Hungary (06/10/2013-06/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011