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Zador: Divertimento, Oboe Concerto / Smolij, Budapest

Zador / Hadady / Budapest Symphony Orchestra Mav
Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572549   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eugene Zador
Performer:  Laszlo Hadady
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Zádor described his style as “exactly between La Traviata and Lulu,” a delightful characterization, but there’s more to it than that. This second volume in Naxos’ ongoing series contains four excellent pieces, including a perky, peppy, Oboe Concerto just twelve minutes long that’s very well played by oboist László Hadady. Elegie and Dance is a diptych similar in character to the Aria and Allegro for Strings and Brass on the first volume in this series. The Elegie is absolutely gorgeous.

Zádor’s most popular piece, to the extent anything is, remains the Divertimento for Strings of 1954 (first sound clip). Here the clear inspiration is Bartók, if only
Read more because of the two composers’ shared Hungarian nationality, although Zádor’s melodic inspiration has a more international–though no less personal–flavor. Studies for Orchestra is a brilliant, serious, fascinating piece that runs the gamut from the occasional foray into atonality, to popular song (second sound clip). It’s wonderfully scored and consistently inventive: the seventh movement (of eight), a study in crescendo, is particularly clever.

As with the previous release in this series, the performances are excellent. The orchestra plays with enthusiasm; this is quality music that’s evidently a lot of fun to play. Mariusz Smolij conducts as though he’s been performing these pieces forever, and the engineering is top-notch. Another terrific disc from Naxos, whose evident intent to record everything in the universe really pays off here.

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

Elegie and Dance by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Concerto for Oboe by Eugene Zador
Performer:  Laszlo Hadady (Oboe)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Divertimento for Strings by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Studies for Orchestra by Eugene Zador
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 

Sound Samples

Elegie and Dance: Elegie: Andantino
Elegie and Dance: Dance: Allegro
Oboe Concerto: I. Allegro
Oboe Concerto: II. Andante
Oboe Concerto: III. Allegro
Divertimento for Strings: I. Allegro moderato
Divertimento for Strings: II. Andantino
Divertimento for Strings: III. Moderato - Allegro molto
Studies: I. Prelude
Studies: II. Slow Phantasy
Studies: III. Capriccioso
Studies: IV. Introduction and Scherzo
Studies: V. Potpourri
Studies: VI. Song
Studies: VII. Crescendo - Decrescendo
Studies: VIII. Rapsodia

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