Lajtha - Symphony no.2, Variations op.44 | Naxos 8573644

Lajtha - Symphony no.2, Variations op.44

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573644

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 11th November 2016

Contents

Artists

Pecs Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Nicolas Pasquet

Works

Lajtha, Laszlo

Symphony no.2, op.27
Variations, op.44

Artists

Pecs Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Nicolas Pasquet

About

Along with his contemporaries Bartók, Kodály and Dohnányi, László Lajtha was one of the leading Hungarian composers in the first half of the twentieth century and his position as the country’s greatest symphonist of that time is unrivalled. Of his nine symphonies, Symphony No.2, op.27, dates from 1938 and is an intense, sombre and brooding work as if foreshadowing the horrors of the war to come. When asked to compose incidental music for Georg Höllering’s film of T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, Lajtha responded with three autonomous compositions of which one, the monumental Variations, op.44, from 1948, is recorded here. Volume 1 can be heard on Naxos 8573643.

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