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Beliczay: Symphony No. 1 & Serenade in D Minor / Gal, Budapest Concert Orchestra


Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Sterling Records   Catalog #: 1115  
Composer:  Gyula Beliczay
Conductor:  Tamas Gal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Concert Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Julius Beliczay is a truly sensational but forgotten composer who completely mastered the symphonic art. Much influenced by Robert Schumann and some believe his orchestrations are even better. We know numerous excellent composers who began their careers as an officer, official or doctor. However, it is quite rare that someone, in this case Beliczay, performed excellently in both civil duties and in music. He was an accomplished mathematician and he received a Master of Science and Engineering in 1857. In 1886, he left his position as a principal consultant. Thanks to the organization of the railway company, he was able to retire to devote himself exclusively to music. In 1888, he was appointed by Ödön Michalovich (Erkel's Read more successor as headmaster at the Academy of Music) to become professor of composition. He became ill and resigned in 1892 and died April 30, 1893. THE HUNGARIAN STATE RAILWAYS (MÁV) founded on 1 May, 1945 their own symphony orchestra. Under the leadership of the orchestra's first artistic director, Tibor Szoke, who was the Opera House's young conductor, in the autumn of 1946, the Academy of Music was hosting their subscription concert series. In November 1947 the orchestra gave a guest concert in the Musikvereinssaal, Vienna. Alongside orchestral performances in Budapest and the provinces, the Rolling Opera also started in 1947: this was an Opera House travelling company performance with the State Opera House singers, choir and the MÁV Symphony Orchestra. Between 1947 and 1954 the company gave 544 performances in the whole Hungary. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 45 by Gyula Beliczay
Conductor:  Tamas Gal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Concert Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Hungary 
2.
Serenade in D Minor, Op. 36 by Gyula Beliczay
Conductor:  Tamas Gal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Concert Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Hungary 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Very Nice Recording July 11, 2018 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Hungarian composer Julius Beliczay (1835-1893) is another member of the seemingly endless line of overlooked or forgotten composers, who nevertheless managed to write highly attractive music that begs for a modern renaissance. Recorded in 1995 and issued under the Sterling Records label in 2017, the 2 works on this program are sure to please those who enjoy late Romantic Eastern European music. Beliczay's 45 minute long Symphony #1 is a tuneful, invigorating work that emphasizes fresh melody over structural complexity. On first hearing, it somehow reminded this reviewer of something Dvorak might have come up with if he were Hungarian and not Czech. Likewise, Beliczay's 19 minute Serenade in D Minor is a light and thoroughly appealing composition, a fine complement to the symphony. Perhaps the most unusual aspect of this recording is the orchestra. I'm sure most serious classical music fans know something about the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and possibly the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, but how many of us are aware that the Hungarian State Railways (MAV) has created and sponsored its own orchestra, the Budapest Concert Orchestra MAV? That's the ensemble that plays this program under the baton of Tamas' Gal, and I'm pleased to report that this orchestra is really good. Overall, this Sterling Records CD was, for this reviewer, a highly enjoyable listening experience, in fact a true revelation. Therefore, I give it a solid recommendation." Report Abuse
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