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Eugene Zádor: Dance Symphony; Variations on a Hungarian Folksong; Festival Overture / Budapest SO MAV, Smolij

Album Summary

>Zador, Eugene : Festival Overture, for orchestra
>Zador, Eugene : Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, for orchestra
>Zador, Eugene : Symphony no 3 ("Dance Symphony)
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hungarian composer Eugene Zdor, a friend of Bla Bartk, won renown in Vienna before having to leave for America in 1939 where he eventually became Mikls Rzsa's exclusive orchestrator in Hollywood. His music is often redolent of his native soil as depicted in the Variations on a Hungarian Folksong which, at times, approaches an almost Straussian opulence. Written in Vienna in 1936, the Dance Symphony is a sunny homage to the composer's adopted home. The Festival Overture is a much later work of almost cinematic brilliance. This is Volume 3 of the ongoing Naxos series of Zdor's orchestral works.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 6 of Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary (09/08/2014-09/12/2014).



Reviews

"Music is a love affair"-Zador
Vol. 3 of a series devoted to the orchestral music of Eugene Zador consists of 3 works. The Dance Symphony is the most original and intricately worked out, closely followed by the Festival Overture. The early Variations on a Hungarian Folksong is less assured and lighter in tone. The style throughout is primarily tonal, the material reflecting a lower tier of inspiration than works by the composers illustrious compatriots, Rozsa, Bartok, Kodaly and Dohnanyi. Still much of the writing is attractive and Naxos should be commended for underwriting this series. Unfortunately, the music is not as well served as it could be by the orchestra whose playing is occasionally scrappy and lacking in finesse nor the recorded sound which is periodically coarse and opaque most conspicuously in densely scored passages. Hopefully, future volumes will address these deficiencies. The liner notes are quite thorough, presenting a persuasive case on behalf of the composer.
Submitted on 01/22/16 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Zador, Eugene : Festival Overture, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
  • Ensemble: Budapest Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 6 of Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary (09/08/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1963

>Zador, Eugene : Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
  • Notes: Studio 6 of Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary (09/08/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Zador, Eugene : Symphony no 3 ("Dance Symphony)
  • Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
  • Notes: Studio 6 of Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary (09/08/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1936