Kodaly, Bartok, Ligeti (2010)

Kodaly, Bartók, Ligeti

Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon

Lawrence Foster

In 1859, Franz Liszt published a book about gypsy music, entitled 'Des Bohemiens et de leur musique, in association with Pricess Caroline von Sayn Wittgenstein.  In this book (translated into German in 1861 by Peter Cornelius) the authors contend that Hungary cannot claim any authentic folk music of its own, and that the roots of the country's folklore tradition lie in gypsy music.

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Lawrence Foster

Since 2013 Lawrence Foster has held the position of Music Director of l'Opéra de Marseille and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, with which he toured in the summer of 2014 and conducted at the Kissinger Sommer and in China. This season sees, among others, opera productions of The Flying Dutchman and Falstaff.
Highlights of the 2014/15 season include engagements as guest conductor with l’Orchestre National de Lyon, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Beijing Music Festival and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Lawrence Foster will also be returning to the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. In the summer of 2014 he conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Ute Lemper, at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich at the Grafenegg Festival

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Kodaly, Bartok, Ligeti (2010)

Kodaly, Bartók, Ligeti

Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon

    MusicWeb International

Only a really grumpy listener could fail to enjoy this. Here is a well-chosen potpourri of 20th century Hungarian and Romanian showpieces, some famous and others slightly off the beaten track. Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Galánta get a reading of gratifying vigor and allure, his Háry János Suite is very satisfyingly shaped, and shorter works by Béla Bartók and György Ligeti provide a more balanced picture of the nuances of the folk music movement. Conductor Lawrence Foster, who, despite his very English name, has Romanian parents, is an energetic, devoted exponent of this music. He and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, which he has led since 2002, work together with flawless rapport: these are clearly artists thriving on each other’s presence. The Ligeti concerto, the least familiar music on the disc, is also the most thrillingly alive. The sound picture is wide and realistic (one can hear the violins divided), though it takes a while to adjust to the prominence of the solo players. Bass is gratifyingly present. If the program intrigues you - and, if you enjoy having fun, it should! - you have no reason whatever to hesitate. A solid 75 minutes of pure pleasure.

Brian Reinhart at MusicWeb International[read full review]

Kodaly, Bartok, Ligeti (2010)

Kodaly, Bartók, Ligeti

Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording location: Grande Auditorio of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Tracks.
1.
Kodaly Dances from Galanta, Lento-maestoso
Kodaly
00:05:31   N/A
2.
Kodaly Dances from Galanta, Allegretto moderato
Kodaly
00:02:55   N/A
3.
Kodaly Dances from Galanta, Allegro con moto
Kodaly
00:01:39   N/A
4.
Kodaly Dances from Galanta, Allegro
Kodaly
00:02:59   N/A
5.
Kodaly Dances from Galanta, Allegro vivace
Kodaly
00:03:52   N/A
6.
Bartok Deux Portraits, Une Ideale
Bartók
00:10:07   N/A
7.
Bartok Deux Portraits, Une Grotesque
Bartók
00:02:30   N/A
8.
Kodaly Hary Janos Suite, Prelude
Kodaly
00:03:09   N/A
9.
Kodaly Hary Janos Suite, Viennese musical clock
Kodaly
00:02:11   N/A
10.
Kodaly Hary Janos Suite, Song
Kodaly
00:05:48   N/A
11.
Kodaly Hary Janos Suite, The battle and defeat of Napoleon
Kodaly
00:03:55   N/A
12.
Kodaly Hary Janos Suite, Intermezzo
Kodaly
00:05:13   N/A
13.
Kodaly Hary Janos Suite, Entrance of the Emperor
Kodaly
00:03:10   N/A
14.
Bartok Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra No.1, Part 1
Bartók
00:04:51   N/A
15.
Bartok Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra No.1, Part 2
Bartók
00:05:35   N/A
16.
Ligeti Concert Romanesc, Andantino
Ligeti
00:02:25   N/A
17.
Ligeti Concert Romanesc, Allegro vivace
Ligeti
00:01:26   N/A
18.
Ligeti Concert Romanesc, Adagio ma non troppo
Ligeti
00:03:19   N/A
19.
Ligeti Concert Romanesc, Molto vivace
Ligeti
00:06:08   N/A

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