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Zador: Dance Symphony; Variations on a Hungarian Folksong; Festival Overture

Zador / Budapest Symphony Orchestra Mav / Smolij
Release Date: 12/11/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573274   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Festival Overture, for orchestra by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1963 
Venue:  Studio 6, Hungarian Radio, Budapest 
Length: 10 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, for orchestra by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Period: Modern 
Written: 1919 
Venue:  Studio 6 of Hungarian Radio, Budapest, H 
Length: 28 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Symphony No. 3 ("Dance Symphony) by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Period: Modern 
Written: 1936 
Venue:  Studio 6 of Hungarian Radio, Budapest, H 
Length: 30 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Attractive Program June 9, 2019 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Hungarian-born composer Eugene Zador worked in Vienna early in the 20th century before leaving for the United States as the dark clouds of Nazism descended on Central Europe in the late 1930's. He eventually became a noted Hollywood composer, although some of his works have ties to the musical traditions of his native Hungary. The central work on this nice recording reflects this- Variations on a Hungarian Folksong. At times brash and exuberant, at other times reflective and even poignant, its theme and 10 variations present a variety of orchestral textures and colors. The Festival overture, dating from the early 1960's, is strongly suggestive of scoring for a Hollywood epic. As such, I found this to be the weakest of the 3 compositions on the program. As for the final selection, Zador's 3rd Symphony (known as the Dance Symphony),it was composed and premiered in Vienna shortly before Zador departed Austria. Symphony #3 is a colorful and aesthetically optimistic work, in which one can almost detect a bit of Straussian opulence, with the CD notes also suggesting hints of Korngold. The entire program is given a fine performance by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV under conductor Mariusz Smolij. I enjoyed listening to these previously unknown works, and I believe that, if you are attracted to 20th century compositions, you will as well." Report Abuse
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