Kodály: Háry János Suite

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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex

Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex

and works by Strauss and Kodály


Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Strauss, R:

Elektra (highlights)

Stravinsky:

Oedipus Rex

Peter Pears (Oedipus), Kerstin Meyer (Jocasta), Donald McIntyre (Creon), Benjamin Luxon (Messenger), Alec McCowen (narrator)


Both Strauss’s Elektra and Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex trace their lineages back to Sophocles, the Greek dramatist who lived in the fourth century BC. Both are stories of the avenging of a royal father’s murder, either by surviving family members (Elektra), or by Fate or the gods themselves (Oedipus Rex).

Even from an early age, Georg Solti knew that his greatest ambitions lay in the opera house. ‘From a purely musical point of view, working closely with singers teaches you to make music in a way that breathes – even in purely instrumental music,’ Solti once remarked. In his youth, Solti assisted Bruno Walter, Issay Dobrowen, Fritz Busch and Erich Kleiber. In Salzburg, in 1937, he was rehearsal pianist for Arturo Toscanini. So, by the time he came to conducting his first opera (Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro) at age 26, he knew the ropes, so to speak. According to him, to ‘play rhythmically but softly, so that the singers always feel the pulse but need not tire their voices’ was a crucial factor in being a repetiteur. He continued, ‘don’t play all the notes, but play all the essential notes; when you are coaching an individual singer in a role, take the lead, but when you are playing for a staging or ensemble rehearsal, follow – follow for dear life! I was able to follow the worst singer to hell and back. I could have followed a bird’s chirping.’

Exclusively a Decca recording artist (apart from a few recordings made for Deutsche Grammophon, RCA and CBS by arrangement with Decca), he made more than 250 recordings for the company over a 50-year period: 1947–1997, taking in music from Bach to Tippett. The three excerpts from Elektra (amounting to nearly half the complete opera) are particularly fascinating as this was an opera Solti conducted throughout his career and which he later recorded in its entirety in Vienna in the 1960s with the incomparable Birgit Nilsson in the title-role. Even in this group of three scenes all the essential Solti characteristics are in evidence: tremendous rhythmic drive and an acute ear for orchestral colour and detail.

“the dark sobriety and essentially lyric qualities of Stravinsky’s “opera-oratorio” are freshly and memorably conveyed in this recording” Gramophone Magazine, February 1978 (Stravinsky)

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4806579

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Kodály & Bartók: Orchestral Works

Kodály & Bartók: Orchestral Works


Bartók:

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Variations on a Hungarian Folksong 'The Peacock'

William McAlpine (tenor)

London Philharmonic Choir

Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13

William McAlpine (tenor)

London Philharmonic Choir

Dances of Galanta


Georg Solti studied piano with Bartók and although they never developed a close personal relationship, Solti was always in awe of the composer’s dedication and intensity. Bartók’s music featured regularly in Solti’s concert programs and he recorded the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and the Dance Suite again for Decca. This 1952 recording of the Dance Suite with the London Philharmonic Orchestra was one of his earliest orchestral discs and the conductor’s instinctive sense of rhythm is ever-pervasive. There are also some delightful touches of humour to be encountered in these recordings, such as those in Kodály’s Háry János Suite.

Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus was the first work to bring him international recognition, and it also brought him back into favour at home. It was composed to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the unification of the cities of Óbuda, Buda, and Pest to form modern-day Budapest. Solti revisited both the Peacock Variations and Psalmus Hungaricus 43 years after the present recording, in June 1997. This 1954 recording of Kodály’s choral masterpiece is performed in English.

“The finale goes with an exhilarating swagger, and the balance between the trumpets’ and horns’ imitative block chords is well maintainied” Gramophone Magazine, August 1955 (Kodály: Háry János)

“Orchestra and chorus shine in the Psalm […] Georg Solti is to be congratulated on two such vital readings” Gramophone Magazine, October 1954 (Psalmus Hungaricus, Peacock Variations)

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Kodály: Dances of Galánta and Marosszék

Kodály: Dances of Galánta and Marosszék


Ippolitov-Ivanov:

Caucasian Sketches

Kodály:

Dances of Galánta

Dances of Marosszék

Háry János Suite


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DG Westminster - 4712672

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Kodály: Háry János Suite, etc.

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Dances of Galanta

Variations on a Hungarian Folksong 'The Peacock'


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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World', Kodaly: Háry János Suite & Smetana: Die Moldau

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World', Kodaly: Háry János Suite & Smetana: Die Moldau


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


Released or re-released in last 6 months

RCA Toscanini Collection - G010003678512C

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New Year’s Eve Concert 2014

New Year’s Eve Concert 2014

The Life I Love


Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor, Op. 46 No. 2

Slavonic Dance No. 7 in C minor, Op. 46 No. 7

Khachaturian:

Gayane: Lezghinka

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Menahem Pressler (piano)

Rameau:

Les Indes galantes: Suite


The music world has known the outstanding artist Menahem Pressler for more than half a century. He was the heart of the famous Beaux Arts Trio, and in 2008, when the trio decided to separate, a memorable solo career restarted.

At the age of 90, the grand master of the piano gave his long overdue debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

In this touching and emotional portrait, 'The Life I Love', the audience can gain deep insights into the life of Menahem Pressler – from newly recorded talks, excerpts from one of his Master Classes, to interviews with artists like Daniel Harding, Quatuor Ébène, Leonidas Kavakos and Daniel Hope.

Picture format: 16:9 - NTSC

Sound format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins concert, 45 mins documentary - 135 mins total

German FSK: 0

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Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EuroArts - 2061138

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New Year’s Eve Concert 2014

New Year’s Eve Concert 2014

The Life I Love


Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor, Op. 46 No. 2

Slavonic Dance No. 7 in C minor, Op. 46 No. 7

Khachaturian:

Gayane: Lezghinka

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Menahem Pressler (piano)

Rameau:

Les Indes galantes: Suite


The music world has known the outstanding artist Menahem Pressler for more than half a century. He was the heart of the famous Beaux Arts Trio, and in 2008, when the trio decided to separate, a memorable solo career restarted.

At the age of 90, the grand master of the piano gave his long overdue debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

In this touching and emotional portrait, 'The Life I Love', the audience can gain deep insights into the life of Menahem Pressler – from newly recorded talks, excerpts from one of his Master Classes, to interviews with artists like Daniel Harding, Quatuor Ébène, Leonidas Kavakos and Daniel Hope.

Picture format: 1080/60i – 16:9 Full HD

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins concert, 45 mins documentary - 135 mins total

German FSK: 0

Available Worldwide

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

EuroArts - 2061134

(Blu-ray)

$18.00

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Dvorák: New World Symphony

Dvorák: New World Symphony


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

John Leach (cimbalom)


Decca Phase 4 - 4788326

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Georg Solti conducts Kodaly, Bartok & Rachmaninov

Georg Solti conducts Kodaly, Bartok & Rachmaninov


Bartók:

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13

Variations on a Hungarian Folksong 'The Peacock'

Dances of Galanta

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Julius Katchen (piano)


Urania - WS121191

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.75

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Weber - Beethoven - Kodály - Berlioz

Weber - Beethoven - Kodály - Berlioz


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczi March

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Weber:

Euryanthe Overture


audience, Philharmonia Hungarica, Eugene Szenkar

Archiphon - ARC-WU148

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