From my collection.
Bought in 2011.
First listen: 17-2-2011.
Second listen: 22-2-2011.
Third listen: 5-4-2017.
Recording dates: September 2009 & November 2007.
Recording venues: Hungaroton Studio & Studio 22 of the Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary.
Recording engineer: Peter Aczel.
Running time: 57:06.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.
Overture to a Symphony concert, opus 26a. (Revised version)
Rhapsody for Cello and orchestra, opus 3. (World premiere recording)
Hungarian Nocturne, opus 28.
Three Hungarian Sketches, opus 14.
Works performed by:
Budapest SO, Mariusz Smolij.
Mark Kosower, Cello.
Rózsa is one of the greatest 20th century composers that I know. His unbelievable versatility and unbridled creativity made him compose so much picturesque and invigorating music, that the ear dazzles at all this musical profundity. The works on this CD are a perfect example for this statement. Composition from youth and maturity genial alike. The orchestrations are a splash of all imaginable colours, and a exuberance of musical ideas that leap of the CD in rapid succession, into receptive ears. The Rhapsody for Cello and orchestra is such an example. The wonderful tone of Kosower's cello is mesmerizing and goes deep into the notes on offer. A warm and committed performance, in which he unearths all subtleties that Rózsa wrote into the score.
And in an orchestral sense this could be said of the rest of the works. Smolij is a sensitive conductor that caught the right angle with this composer, and applies gorgeous dynamics throughout, and gives just the right amount of robustness when needed. The recording is close to State of the Art. Rózsa fans need not to hold back with this CD, it's a reference interpretation.
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