Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Zador, Eugene. (1894-1977) Orchestral Works, Volume II.

From my collection.
Bought: April 2015.
First listen: 29-4-2015.
Second listen: 30-4-2015.
Third listen: 28-3-2017.
Label: Naxos.
Recording dates: September 2011.
Recording venue: Studio 6, Hungarian Radio, Budapest.
Recording engineer: Peter Aczel.
Running time: 68:21.
Classical relevance to me: Worthwhile to acquire.

Works performed:

Elegie and Dance. (1954)
Oboe Concerto. (1975)
Divertimento for Strings. (1954)
Studies for Orchestra. (1969)

Performed by:

Laszlo Hadady, Oboe.
Budapest SO, Mariusz Smolij.

The second instalment released by Naxos from this composer, who is largely unknown and will suffer that fate after these recordings. I have no trust whatsoever that he will be the toast of town of the so called classical experts in the field. So for the happy few I would say. That Zador is a versatile and creative composer we know from the first volume in this series, and from thereon there is no disappointment in terms of music that doesn't have a high standard, for everything that is recorded so far shows clear signs of a excellent grasp of counterpoint and a knack for ideas and melodic lines. His palette is a rich one, and the musical food tasty to a point of ecstatic heights. A lot of Hungarian overtones in the music, all of which is orchestrated in a genial fashion. The cd starts with Elegie and Dance. The Elegie is ravishing in its beauty and meditative to a point of extreme harmony in all matters. A powerful yet pastoral movement, very romantic in its demeanor. In all his works he creates a broad landscape of orchestral colours, thoroughly tonal, with just a few overtones of neo-classical influences. But basically its traditional, with a bit of tiptoeing into another field across the road. My favorite pieces are the Elegie of course, and his last orchestral piece, Studies for Orchestra. In the last piece you can hear the fabulous counterpoint.

The recording is really very good, like volume I, save for some close miking in the oboe concerto, and the divertimento for strings. That can be a little too loud at times. But minor quibbles that are, sound and performance is superb. Recommended.

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