What’s not to love? JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic offer another appealing and wholly successful program. Granted, there are wilder version of the Dances of Galánta out there, particularly from the likes of Reiner (Sony-mono) and Ormandy (also Sony), but Falletta’s view of the work is as cogent in its steady build to a brilliant climax as just about any. She’s even more effective in a remarkably well-sustained and unified Peacock Variations, and an irresistibly lively Dances of Marosszék.
Best of all, we get aRead more virtuosic and characterful performance of the relatively rare Concerto for Orchestra instead of the obvious Háry János Suite. That makes this collection unusually generous as well as desirable, especially when the playing of the orchestra clearly rises to the challenges that Kodály presents. The sonics, as usual from this source, as very good indeed. Here are seventy-seven minutes of music that you really can sit down and play straight through. Give it a try and listen for yourself.
Knowing better the Hungarian composer Zoltan KodFebruary 15, 2019By O. Fernandes Aly (Sao Paulo, SP)See All My Reviews"This is a precious record by Buffalo Philarmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, that increased a lot my knowledge about the music of Kodaly. This Hungarian composer as his contemporary one, Bela Bartok have recollected folksongs from their country and both transfigured this rich material in several compositions. I know better Bartok, but not Kodaly so well, so this record was a great opportunity to enjoy a strong and beautiful music. So, Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song The Peacock is a good example how Kodaly transforms a folk theme in a 26 variations that have generated an elaborated and delightful composition. But other issues such Dances of Galanta and Dances of Marosszek also are very enjoyable. Concerto for Orchestra is a more exigeant composition but excellent, as the same title composition of Bela Bartok. In all record the sound produced by BPO is brightly correct and the conduction very clear."Report Abuse
Well played, well recordedDecember 7, 2018By Wendell B. (Clayton, DE)See All My Reviews"This is my first hearing of the Concerto for Orchestra and Dances of Marosszek so I have no comparisons. Both are delightful. The Dances of Galanta and Peacock Variations are absolutely first class. Overall, a fabulous production."Report Abuse