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Kodaly: Orchestral Works / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573838  
Composer:  Zoltán Kodály
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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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 a
Read 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.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Dances of Galánta by Zoltán Kodály
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Hungary 
2.
Concerto for Orchestra by Zoltán Kodály
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; Hungary 
3.
Variations on a Hungarian folksong "The Peacock" by Zoltán Kodály
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939; Hungary 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Knowing better the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kod February 15, 2019 By 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 recorded December 7, 2018 By 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
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