Kodaly - Hary Janos Suite, Summer Evening, Symphony in C major | Naxos 8574556

Kodaly - Hary Janos Suite, Summer Evening, Symphony in C major


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574556

Barcode: 0747313455676

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th October 2023



Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra


JoAnn Falletta


Kodaly, Zoltan

Hary Janos Suite
Summer Evening
Symphony in C major


Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra


JoAnn Falletta


Zoltán Kodály’s life was largely occupied with collecting his country’s folk music and devising the internationally renowned method of music education that bears his name. His orchestral output is therefore a relatively small but astonishingly colourful and rhythmic legacy, brimming with Hungarian spirit. Háry János is the charming story of a veteran soldier and the ‘tall tales’ he spins about his life, while Summer Evening is a timeless evocation of that gentle moment in the day. The Symphony in C major occupied Kodály for over 20 years, the composer’s disarming explanation being, ‘I was busy with more important work’.

Kodály’s Háry János Suite is one of his most popular works, and it is joined here by the Symphony in C major which is relatively unknown, but still full of the composer’s distinctive harmonic and melodic fingerprints.

This release joins JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s previous Kodály programme on Naxos 8573838 to present his complete orchestral works. This recording was considered one in which ‘Falletta magically distils the essence of an authentic ‘‘Hungarian’’ Kodály sound. The playing of the Buffalo Philharmonic is sparkling but earthy throughout’ in MusicWeb International, and we can be sure that collectors will be eager to add this new disc to its widely acclaimed predecessor.

Another associated and widely acclaimed album presenting Bartók’s Kossuth and other orchestral works (8573307): ‘This is a well-thought-out collection of Bartók’s earliest major orchestral works… Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra stand up well to some pretty formidable competition… This is highly recommended’ (Fanfare).

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