Kodaly, Bartok, Ligeti

Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

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.

Tracklist

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

Total time: 01:16:43

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Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot

Recording location

Grande Auditorio of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

PTC5186360

Release Date August 8, 2015
SKU PTC5186360

Press reviews

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.

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