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Westminster - Kodály, Ippolitov-Ivanov / Rodzinski, Royal PO


Release Date: 06/11/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471267   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Zoltán KodályMikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Artur Rodzinski conducts Kodály with an authority and devotion that reflects his long admiration of and close friendship with the composer. His scrupulous attention to the music's folk-based rhythms and his pinpointing of Kodály's unique and arresting harmonies lends Rodzinski's performances a buoyant energy and a certain rustic charm. Dances from Galánta proceeds with an ingratiating freshness, although it lacks the fiery polish of Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony on Sony. Likewise, Rodzinski's Háry János Suite sparkles with humor and local color, even if the Royal Philharmonic is outplayed by the brilliantly virtuosic Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell (also on Sony). However, in Dances of Read more Marosszék, Rodzinski creates an exotic atmosphere that leaves little to be desired.


Rodzinski approached Ippolitov-Ivanov's Caucasian Sketches with the same seriousness of purpose he did the standard repertoire, and it shows in this highly disciplined yet enchanting performance that has more verve than Abravanel's generally fine reading on Vanguard. The remastered mono sound offers an agreeable fullness and satisfactory dynamic range. Rodzinski fans know they want this, but others also will find it a fitting introduction to his art.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Dances of Galánta by Zoltán Kodály
Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2.
Dances of Marosszék by Zoltán Kodály
Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Kodály (1929) 
3.
Háry János, Op. 15: Suite by Zoltán Kodály
Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
Caucasian Sketches Suite no 1, Op. 10 by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1955 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 38 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Galántai táncok (Dances of Galánta)
Marosszéki táncok (Dances of Marosszčk)
Háry János Suite: Prelude; the fairy tale begins
Háry János Suite: Viennese musical clock
Háry János Suite: Song
Háry János Suite: The battle and defeat of Napoleon
Háry János Suite: Intermezzo
Háry János Suite: Entrance of the emperor and his court
Caucasian Sketches: Suite No.1 op.10: 1. In the Mountain Pass
Caucasian Sketches: Suite No.1 op.10: 2. In the Village
Caucasian Sketches: Suite No.1 op.10: 3. In the Mosque
Caucasian Sketches: Suite No.1 op.10: 4. Procession of the Sardar

Customer Reviews

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 Outstanding collection with amazing sound for the December 19, 2013 By Steven S. (Moorestown, NJ) See All My Reviews "As the title says, this is an outstanding collection, with excellent conducting and playing, and sound you will not believe comes from 1955. The repertoire is self-recommending, and the program works remarkably well. If you remember Westminster (as I do) from the days of the sort of scratchy vinyl records, you will not believe how well these have cleaned up, or the fidelity of the sound. Rodzinski should be a better known conductor, and he certainly has an affinity for these pieces. Even if you have the Dorati and Sxell performances of the Kodaly, this is a recording you definitely should hear." Report Abuse
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