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Vienna PO, Sir Georg Solti - Kodaly: The Peacock Variations; Blacher: Paganini Variations; Elgar: Enigma Variations (1997)

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Vienna PO, Sir Georg Solti - Kodaly: The Peacock Variations; Blacher: Paganini Variations; Elgar: Enigma Variations (1997)

Zoltán Kodály: The Peacock Variations; Boris Blacher: Paganini Variations;
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: London/Decca | # 452 853-2 | Time: 01:07:41

Celebrating his half-century as a Decca artist, as well as his eighty-fifth birthday, Sir Georg Solti here offers a nicely autobiographical collection of three sets of variations: the Peacock Variations of Kodaly representing his Hungarian roots, the lively Paganini Variations of Blacher a recognition of his years as German citizen, and finally a tribute to his unique Britishness in Elgar's Enigma Variations. The disc is also a tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic and Solti's special relationship with that orchestra, with whom he recorded these live performances in the Musikverein last April. You have only to compare this warmly expressive, subtly nuanced, and deeply felt account of the Elgar with Solti's earlier Chicago version of 1974 to appreciate not only the quality of this great Viennese orchestra, but the way in which Solti has mellowed over the last two decades.

Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Zoltan Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite; Dances of Galanta & Marosszek; Children's Choruses (1999)

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Budapest FO, Ivan Fischer - Zoltan Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite; Dances of Galanta & Marosszek; Children's Choruses (1999)

Zoltán Kodály: Háry János Suite; Dances of Galánta & Marosszék; Children's Choruses (1999)
Children's Choir Magnificat, Budapest; Children's Choir Miraculum, Kecskemét
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 462 824-2 | Time: 01:06:13

Coupling the Hary Janos Suite with Kodaly ’ s two highly contrasted sets of Hungarian dances, urban and rural, is a time - honoured gambit, but Fischer has had the birght idea of adding some of the composer ’ s children ’ s choruses, and instrumental movements from the seldom - heard Hary Janos Singspiel that was the ultimate source for the perennially popular suite, in order to give a broader picture of Kodaly, both as musician and musical humorist. On the whole it works well: the Singspiel extracts are very slight, but the choruses are highly characteristic – and flawlessly sung by superbly disciplined childrens ’ choirs trained, inevitably, in the ‘ Kodaly Method ’. Nevertheless the three principal orchestral works remain the point for buying the disc, and these are very vivid, exciting interpretations. Fischer comes up against stiff competition in Antal Dorati ’ s classic 1973 recording of Hary and the dance - suites with the Philharmonia Hungarica. Dorati is ‘ straighter ’ in his readings of the pieces than Fischer, and the playing packs a tremendous punch: he also adds the Peacock Variations as coupling, and thus probably still remains the first choice.

Fritz Reiner, Pittsburgh SO - Shostakovich: Symphony No 6; Kodaly: Dances of Galánta; Weiner; Bartok; Kabalevsky; Glinka (1996)

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Fritz Reiner, Pittsburgh SO - Shostakovich: Symphony No 6; Kodaly: Dances of Galánta; Weiner; Bartok; Kabalevsky; Glinka (1996)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6; Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta;
Leó Weiner: Divertimento No. 1; Béla Bartók: Hungarian Sketches;
Dmitry Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture; Mikhail Glinka: Kamarinskaya
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, conductor; Sigurd Bockman, clarinet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 310 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # MHK 62343 | Time: 01:12:26

These pre-Chicago recordings of Fritz Reiner with the Pittsburghers is a reminder of his greatness as a conductor. It also restores to the catalog his recordings of some composers he wasn't closely identified with. Shostakovitch, for example, wasn't a regular on Reiner's studio schedule, but should have been, for this Sixth bristles with sardonic wit and energy. The Kodaly Dances, of course, were right up Reiner's alley, and get a smashing performance. The shorter works too, are first class, especially the Bart243;k Hungarian Sketches and another Reiner calling card, Kabalevsky's Colas Breugnon Overture. Weiner's string Divertimento is charming, but the real prize may be Glinka's Kamarinskaya, given a peformance that shimmers and glistens with delicacy and life. Sony's restoration of the 1945-1947 recordings is faultless.