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Miklós Rózsa: Viola Concerto; Hungarian Serenade

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Hungarian-born composer Miklos R?sza became among the most successful of the Europeans who lent their talents to Hollywood cinema, scoring Ben-Hur among many other familiar films. His concert works are somewhat less numerous than his more than 100 film scores, and few would even claim the two works recorded here as the finest examples among those. Yet they're uncommon pieces that hold plenty of interest for fans of this composer. The "Concerto for viola and orchestra, Op. 37," and "Hungarian Serenade, Op. 25," represent respectively the end and the beginning of R?sza's compositional career; the "Hungarian Serenade," though it reached its final form in 1952, was the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Hungarian-born composer Miklos Rósza became among the most successful of the Europeans who lent their talents to Hollywood cinema, scoring Ben-Hur among many other familiar films. His concert works are somewhat less numerous than his more than 100 film scores, and few would even claim the two works recorded here as the finest examples among those. Yet they're uncommon pieces that hold plenty of interest for fans of this composer. The "Concerto for viola and orchestra, Op. 37," and "Hungarian Serenade, Op. 25," represent respectively the end and the beginning of Rósza's compositional career; the "Hungarian Serenade," though it reached its final form in 1952, was the product of a series of revisions of much earlier music. The Hungarian quality emphasized by annotator Frank K. DeWald is more in evidence in the serenade's shorter movements than in the viola concerto, and both pieces are in a late Romantic language distinguished by degree of dissonance, but not by a fundamental difference in style from the composer's film scores. The "Concerto for viola and orchestra," written in 1979 for Pinchas Zukerman, has an opening movement of sustained inspiration, with the solo instrument entering with a profound, solemn melody after the orchestra establishes a prevailing murky atmosphere. Rósza set the work aside to compose music for films, and, he said, "When I came to take it up again somehow the spell was broken." The reader does not learn from the booklet which parts were composed before this occurred, but it would seem to have been the opening movement that drew on a spell and still casts one. The "Hungarian Serenade" will be of interest to film music fans tracing the influence of Eastern European traditions on the Hollywood language, and the little-known Hungarian musicians involved do this music full justice. The sound, produced at the studios of Hungarian radio in Budapest, is unusually good among Naxos releases of Eastern European origin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313092574
  • Catalog Number: 8570925
  • Sales rank: 147,110

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Concerto for viola & orchestra, Op. 37 - Mariusz Smolij & Miklós Rózsa (36:35)
  2. 5–9 Hungarian Serenade for orchestra, Op. 25 - Mariusz Smolij & Miklós Rózsa (24:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gilad Karni Primary Artist
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