Eugene Zádor: Five Contrasts

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Eugene Zádor: Five Contrasts



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30th April 2012




65 minutes


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Eugene Zádor: Five Contrasts

World Premiere Recordings


Five Contrasts

A Children’s Symphony

Aria and Allegro

Hungarian Capriccio

Csárdás Rhapsody

Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Mariusz Smolij



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Eugene Zádor was a remarkable colourist and orchestrator whose Hollywood film work was extensive. He described himself as a ‘middle of the road extremist’. The Aria and Allegro is a beautifully crafted work brimming with rhythmic energy. Five Contrasts for Orchestra demonstrates his rich sound world at its most vibrant; film noir jostling with a bigbooted country dance. The lighter A Children’s Symphony is one of his most popular pieces – communicative, witty, accessible. We also hear two small and captivating evocations of his native Hungary.

None of these pieces has been recorded before. One of Zádor’s major works, Christopher Columbus, is on Cambria coupled with the Studies for orchestra. Zádor’s music is hugely approachable, and exciting, as befits a Hollywood orchestrator. He was great friends with Miklós Rózsa and shares that communicative spirit and sense of colour (in fact he was Rózsa’s own orchestrator).

Eugene Zador: Aria and Allegro



Eugene Zador: 5 Contrasts

I. Introduction: Andante moderato - Vivo

II. Autumn Pastorale

III. Fantasy: Poco vivo

IV. Scherzo rustico: Allegretto pesante

V. Fugue: Allegretto - Allegro moderato

Eugene Zador: Children's Symphony

I. Allegro moderato (con spirito)

II. Fairy tale

III. Scherzo militaire

IV. The Farm

Eugene Zador: Hungarian Caprice

Hungarian Caprice

Eugene Zador: Csardas Rhapsody

Csardas Rhapsody

MusicWeb International

June 2012

“The music is always impeccably and imaginatively orchestrated, and the melodies are gracefully shaped, but they lack the sheer impact that is needed for them to make an indelible impression...At the same time if the music is not of the first rank, it is by no means negligible.”

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