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Rozsa: Orchestral Works Vol 1 / Gamba, BBC Philharmonic

Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10488   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Don't be deceived by the cute "Hungarian" titles: This is serious music. Colorful and tuneful, of course, but wonderfully crafted and expressively substantial. In words such as the Tripartita and even the Overture, Rózsa reveals himself to be closer to Bartók than, say, Kodály or Leo Weiner--he's not afraid to adopt some of the harmonic acerbity of real Hungarian folk music, and the result is captivating but never cheap. It's good to see him being given "complete" treatment by Chandos, and hopefully this series also will include the suites from his film scores; they deserve to be taken as seriously as his more abstract works.

The performances here are excellent, and very well recorded.
Read more Often I find the BBC Phiilharmonic to be an orchestra lacking in character, with a certain generic "studio" sound, but of course the conductor makes a big difference, and Rumon Gamba infuses the music with plenty of spirit and energy. In the Hungarian Serenade he's a touch quicker than the recent Naxos release, and perhaps a touch more rigid in consequence, but really there's very little to choose between the two, and it's the couplings that tell. Naxos offers a fine performance of the Viola Concerto, while the couplings here total another quarter hour of music and make the perfect introduction to Rózsa's career as a "serious" composer. This disc is a keeper.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Hungarian Sketches (3), Op. 14 by Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938 
Tripartita, Op. 33 by Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972 
Hungarian Serenade, Op. 25 by Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent Recording of Rozsa Orchestral Works December 9, 2011 By Darin Tysdal (Bloomington, MN) See All My Reviews "I am revewing the download of this cd from E Music. I got to know two of these works through recordings by James Sedares and the New Zealand Symphony Orchesetra on Koch. This was about 12 years ago and I played it incessantly. That CD included the Hungarian Nocturne and the Theme, Variations and Finale, so I basically got to know those pieces as a whole program. Then I learned about Rosza's performances of those works with the RCA Italiana Orchestra on RCA Red Seal (actually, I remember seeing the LP at the Fargo Public Library many years ago) and I bought a copy of the LP from Great Britain. You can only get those used now, so this Chandos series is very welcome. I miss a little bit of the heft of Sedares' performances but these performances are very characterful and certainly well played. I do not know the Hungarian Serenade and the Tripartita, but I will be very happy to get to know them. I do have to say, however, that the Overture To A Symphony Concert is my favorite work on this disc and maybe of Rozsa's. Like Shostakovich's 11th Symphony, this work has bearing on the Hungarian uprising against the Soviets in the late 50's. Why this work isnt programmed more often? It would make a great curtain raiser! Heartily recommended!" Report Abuse
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