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Zador: Five Contrasts, Children's Symphony / Smolij, Budapest Symphony Orchestra

Zador / Budapest Sym Orch Mav / Smolij
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572548   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eugene Zádor (1894-1977) spent much of his career working in Hollywood as an orchestrator, but he was a fine composer with a distinctive voice. Some of his music, such as the Hungarian Capriccio or the Csárdás Rhapsody reflects his native roots, but more of it strikes a more modern stance somewhere between Bartók, Hindemith, and Copland. For example, the Aria from the Aria and Allegro for Strings and Brass (sound clip) has a distinctly American lyricism–if not Copland, then possibly Harris or Barber. The Five Contrasts for Orchestra explores the Bartók/Hindemith axis, but with a character and lyricism that’s entirely personal. A Children’s Symphony, as the title implies, is a witty and delightful exercise Read more in musical charm.

The performances on this disc are excellent. The Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV plays with great spirt and finesse under Mariusz Smolij. Zádor was, as you might expect, a superb orchestrator. He did it for a living, after all, and by this I don’t mean he resorted to a gratuitous excess of color standing in for musical inspiration, but rather a knack for finding the right sound to convey the musical message. These players seem to appreciate this aspect of the music; the playing has soul, however subjective that may sound, while the engineering is excellent. Get to know this music; it’s worth your time.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Aria and Allegro by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Contrasts (5) by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Children's Symphony by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Hungarian Caprice by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
5.
Csardas Rhapsody by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Aria and Allegro: Aria
Aria and Allegro: Allegro
5 Contrasts: I. Introduction: Andante moderato - Vivo
5 Contrasts: II. Autumn Pastorale
5 Contrasts: III. Fantasy: Poco vivo
5 Contrasts: IV. Scherzo rustico: Allegretto pesante
5 Contrasts: V. Fugue: Allegretto - Allegro moderato
Children's Symphony: I. Allegro moderato (con spirito)
Children's Symphony: II. Fairy tale
Children's Symphony: III. Scherzo militaire
Children's Symphony: IV. The Farm
Hungarian Caprice
Csardas Rhapsody

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Hungarian Music (and not Bartok) September 25, 2012 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This disk presents works by the Hungarian-born composer Eugene Zador. The opening work, Aria and Allegro, is solid and energetic,and sets the stage for the rest of the disk. Zador's career as a Hollywood orchestrator may be detected in the next two selections, the Five Contrasts for Orchestra and the imasginative Children's Symphony. These are generally light compositions, but effectively show his expertise in developing orchestral color. The two remaining pieces take the listener back to Zador's native Hungary with the Hungarian Capriccio and the vibrant Csardas Rhapsody. Excellent playing by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra,and good sound from Naxos' engineering team. Overall, this is a pleasant disk of unfamiliar music. I think you will like this material. This Hungarian music isn't Bartok (thankfully)." Report Abuse
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