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Lajtha: Suite No. 2 & Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 / Pasquet, Pecs Symphony


Release Date: 03/10/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573645  
Composer:  László Lajtha
Conductor:  Nicolás Pasquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pecs Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

László Lajtha's passionate Third Symphony emerged from a fruitful period when the composer was based in London. Its origin was a film score for T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral, the author grateful for a soundtrack to "elevate his words and thoughts". Lajtha's Fourth Symphony uses Hungarian musical idioms with wit and charm to bewitch the listener from the outset, its escapist joie de vivre belying the dark circumstances that surrounded its creation, while the Second Suite is based on a satirical ballet that uses Classical mythology to poke fun at fascist dictators. László Lajtha's passionate Third Symphony emerged from a fruitful period when the composer was based in London. Its origin was a film score for T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral, the author grateful for a soundtrack to "elevate his words and thoughts". Lajtha's Fourth Symphony uses Hungarian musical idioms with wit and charm to bewitch the listener from the outset, its escapist joie de vivre belying the dark circumstances that surrounded its creation, while the Second Suite is based on a satirical ballet that uses Classical mythology to poke fun at fascist dictators. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4, Op. 52 "Le Printemps" by László Lajtha
Conductor:  Nicolás Pasquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pecs Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Hungary 
2.
Suite no 2, Op. 38 by László Lajtha
Conductor:  Nicolás Pasquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pecs Symphony Orchestra
3.
Symphony no 3, Op. 45 by László Lajtha
Conductor:  Nicolás Pasquet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pecs Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Hungary 

Customer Reviews

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 Darkness and light October 4, 2017 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "I somehow missed the original release of this László Lajtha series on Marco Polo. So I'm glad for another opportunity to discover this Hungarian composers' music through the Naxos reissues. Volume 3 continues the traversal through Lajtha's symphonies with Nos. 3 and 4. In 1947 Lajtha went to England to work on a British movie with Austro-Hungarian director Georg Hoellering. The production was T. S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral. Lajtha reused much of the thematic material for his third symphony, completed in 1948. The symphony retains much of the film's (and original story's) atmosphere. A solo clarinet opens the work with an elegiac theme. Gradually the orchestra enters with ominous foreboding, inexorably building towards the finale. The fourth symphony, written three years later, has an entirely different character. Titled "Spring," this is a light-hearted work that's full of energy. Lajtha was an ethnomusicologist as well as a composer. Folk elements abound in this work, coming to the fore in the last movement. Also included is Lajtha's music for a 1943 ballet. Lajtha reworked the music into his Suite No. 2 for orchestra. The ballet lampooned fascist dictators, and that sharp humor comes through in Lajtha's suite. The angular music reminds me somewhat of Janacek crossed with Prokofiev. Nicolás Pasquet and the Pécs Symphony Orchestra have a lock on this material. The ensemble has an expansive sound that gives Lajtha's music real emotional weight. Glad I didn't miss these recordings the second time around." Report Abuse
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