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KODALY Concerto for Orchestra, Dances of Galanta, Dances of Marosszek, The Peacock Variations. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta. Naxos

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Kodaly Concerto For Orchestra Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Joann Falletta Naxos

Zoltán KODÁLY (1882–1967)

Concerto for Orchestra

Dances of Galánta
Dances of Marosszék
‘The Peacock’ Variations


Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta

Zoltán Kodály, like his compatriot Béla Bartók, wrote major orchestral scores that were deeply enriched by his research into Hungarian folk music. The Dances of Galánta are full of swagger and vitality, and the Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned for the Chicago Symphony’s 50th anniversary, is lush, sparkling and vivid. Like the Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song, ‘The Peacock’, a virtuoso showcase of sizzling effects, these scores reveal the brilliance of his orchestral colours and the indelible allure of gypsy themes.

Key Features:
• Excellent opportunity to push a recent disc from the Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta team, of Czech composer Novák’s music
on 8573683, recently released in April 2017. Both Novák and the Hungarian Kodály pursue a strong Nationalist aesthetic, and
both used folk elements in their music.

• Of the above disc ClassicsToday.com wrote: ‘Here is yet another fine release from the Buffalo Philharmonic under its dynamic and enterprising conductor, JoAnn Falletta…the excellence of these performances shows, if any proof were necessary, that great
music is unconstrained by national borders.’

• This is the second Hungarian disc these forces have recorded – their Dohnányi disc came out in 2010 [8572303] and makes a
good complement to both the above, the Kodály especially given their shared nationality; it was an ICMA Award nominee disc.
• Gramophone enthused about it; ‘one of the most dynamic and sparkling soloists in the Variations and including two other
Dohnányi works, this is a disc to be reckoned with’. Fanfare noted ’Add to that Naxos’s budget price, and you have a disc
that’s impossible not to recommend.’

JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony, and the principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, winner of the Stokowski Competition, and the Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter conducting awards, Falletta has also received eleven ASCAP awards and serves on the US National Council on the Arts. A champion of American music, she has presented over five hundred works by American composers including 110 world premieres. Her Naxos recordings include the double GRAMMY® Award-winning disc of works by John Corigliano and GRAMMY® nominated discs of works by Tyberg, Dohnányi, Fuchs, Schubert, Respighi, Gershwin, Hailstork and Holst.

Naxos 8573838

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