Kodály: Orchestral Works; Háry János

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
This is a release that's exceptionally nice to see from the majors, a modestly priced four-disc boxed set of Zoltan Kodály's orchestral music in the Decca Collector's edition series. This contains pretty much all of Kodály's relatively small output for orchestra in addition to including the complete singspiel "Hary János," led by conductors who were particularly passionate about Kodály as both of them numbered among his former students Antal Dorati and István Kertész. These are not the most recent recordings of Kodály's orchestral music, but some of them number among the best; the one conductor who might disagree with this view would be Georg Solti, who also recorded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
This is a release that's exceptionally nice to see from the majors, a modestly priced four-disc boxed set of Zoltan Kodály's orchestral music in the Decca Collector's edition series. This contains pretty much all of Kodály's relatively small output for orchestra in addition to including the complete singspiel "Hary János," led by conductors who were particularly passionate about Kodály as both of them numbered among his former students Antal Dorati and István Kertész. These are not the most recent recordings of Kodály's orchestral music, but some of them number among the best; the one conductor who might disagree with this view would be Georg Solti, who also recorded his fair share of Kodály and also for Decca, but his Kodály recordings are already collected in releases geared toward Solti himself. The performance of "Hary János" is done in English, featuring a cast led by Peter Ustinov; there is no libretto included but if you speak English you won't need one. All of the performances are spirited, well-drilled, and authoritative, and Kodály's music for orchestra is really worth the effort; it has the same qualities of quirky folksiness and wry humor that one associates with Bartók's orchestral music but isn't as dark or aggressively modern as Bartók. Overall, this is a bargain one could hardly imagine back in the days of analog media, especially if the listener was on the buying end of all the separate London LPs these recordings originally appeared on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947823032
  • Catalog Number: 001407002
  • Sales rank: 39,792

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hungarian (Magyar) Rondo for cello & piano (transcribed from Old Hungarian Soldier's Songs) - Zoltán Kodály & István Kertész (8:44)
  2. 2 Ballet Music, for orchestra ("Dance of the Dragoons" omitted from "Háry János") - Zoltán Kodály & István Kertész (5:38)
  3. 3 Minuetto serio, for orchestra (version of piece from "Czinka Panna") - Zoltán Kodály & István Kertész (6:41)
  4. 4 Psalmus Hungaricus, oratorio for tenor, chorus, children's chorus ad lib, orchestra & organ, Op. 13 - Zoltán Kodály & Brighton Festival Chorus (23:03)
  5. 5 Háry János, opera, Op. 15 - Zoltán Kodály & Zsolt Bende (99:04)
  6. 6 Theatre Overture (Szinházi nyitány), for orchestra (originally for "Háry János") - Antal Doráti & Zoltán Kodály (14:15)
  7. 7 Symphony in C major - Antal Doráti & Zoltán Kodály (25:58)
  8. 8 Summer Evening (Nyári este), for orchestra - Antal Doráti & Zoltán Kodály (16:50)
  9. 9 Concerto for orchestra - Antal Doráti & Zoltán Kodály (17:03)
  10. 10 Dances of Marosszék (Marosszéki táncok), for orchestra (transcribed from piano work) - Antal Doráti & Zoltán Kodály (12:24)
  11. 11 Variations on a Hungarian folksong, "The Peacock" ("Felszállott a páva"), for orchestra - Antal Doráti & Zoltán Kodály (24:50)
  12. 12 Háry János, suite from the opera for orchestra - Antal Doráti & Zoltán Kodály (23:04)
  13. 13 Felszállot a páva (The Peacock), folksong for male or mixed chorus - Antal Doráti & Zoltán Kodály (3:01)
  14. 14 Dances of Galánta (Galánti táncok), for orchestra - Antal Doráti & Zoltán Kodály (15:20)
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Performance Credits
István Kertész Primary Artist
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