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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
Eugene Zador: Csardas Rhapsody
“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.”