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Kodaly: Hary Janos; Stravinsky: Firebird; Prokofiev / Ormandy, Philadelphia

Release Date: 03/17/2009 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 38125  
Composer:  Zoltán KodálySergei ProkofievIgor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

*** This title is a reissue of a Japanese release with liner notes in Japanese. ***

KODÁLY Háry Janos: Suite. PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kijé: Suite. STRAVINSKY The Firebird: Suite (1919) • Eugene Ormandy, cond; Philadelphia O • RCA-ArkivMusic 38125 (68:45)

"The LP coupling of the Háry Janos (1975) and Lieutenant Kijé (1974) suites—one describing imaginary exploits, the other the exploits of an imaginary soldier—was a natural, and one of the best-sounding Philadelphia RCAs. Of course, both are virtuoso show-stoppers played by a virtuoso orchestra. The bass drum in “The Battle and Defeat of Napoleon” will give your woofers a workout. The 1973 Firebird Suite is not captured
Read more quite so dramatically, but this Rimsky-influenced work was right up Ormandy’s alley, and the performance stands up just fine alongside the knockout versions of Kodály’s and Prokofiev’s musical fables. This has to be awarded 'Best in Show.'”

FANFARE: Richard A. Kaplan
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Works on This Recording

Háry János, Op. 15: Suite by Zoltán Kodály
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/29/1975 
Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 by Sergei Prokofiev
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/1974 
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1945;   
Date of Recording: 12/1973 

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