Miklós Rózsa: Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song; The Vintner's Daughter; Notturno Ungharese; Cello Concerto

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Like many composers of his generation, Miklós Rózsa supplemented his earnings from concert hall compositions with scores for the silver screen. Rózsa was highly successful as a film composer, earning Oscars for his work on Ben Hur, Spellbound, and A Double Life. His true passion, however, still rested outside the movie studio. His compositions ranged across nearly every major genre, and extended throughout the majority of his long life. This Chandos album, the second volume dedicated to Rózsa's orchestral works, begins his "Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song," a work for solo violin and orchestra that Rózsa penned while a student at the Leipzig Conservatory. This ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Like many composers of his generation, Miklós Rózsa supplemented his earnings from concert hall compositions with scores for the silver screen. Rózsa was highly successful as a film composer, earning Oscars for his work on Ben Hur, Spellbound, and A Double Life. His true passion, however, still rested outside the movie studio. His compositions ranged across nearly every major genre, and extended throughout the majority of his long life. This Chandos album, the second volume dedicated to Rózsa's orchestral works, begins his "Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song," a work for solo violin and orchestra that Rózsa penned while a student at the Leipzig Conservatory. This is no typical student work, though. Already Rózsa's intricate synthesis of folk idioms with classical techniques is quite developed, and the solo part is extremely demanding in parts while remaining idiomatic to the instrument. Vol. 2 also includes the fiery, virtuosic "Op. 32 Cello Concerto" -- written for Janos Starker -- the "Op. 23a Vintner's Daughter," and "Op. 28 Notturno Ungherese," both scored for Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Performing here is the BBC Philharmonic under Rumon Gamba, with violinist Jennifer Pike and cellist Paul Watkins. Both soloists deliver meticulous readings of their respective works while at the same time capturing Hungarian flair, rhythmic panache, and melodic sensuousness that distinguishes Rózsa's music. Gamba and the BBC provide sensitive but robust accompaniments as well as rich, vibrant performances of the works for orchestra.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115167427
  • Catalog Number: 10674
  • Sales rank: 102,017

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Concerto for cello & orchestra, Op. 32 - Miklós Rózsa & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (30:02)
  2. 2 Hungarian Nocturne, for orchestra, Op. 28 - Miklós Rózsa & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (8:38)
  3. 3 The Vintner's Daughter, variations on a French song for orchestra, Op. 23a - Miklós Rózsa & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (16:46)
  4. 4 Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song, for violin & orchestra, Op. 4 - Miklós Rózsa & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (10:11)
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Paul Watkins Primary Artist
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