Friday, November 17, 2017

Lajtha, László. (1892-1963) Capriccio, opus 39-Suite de Ballet.

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: November 2017.
First listen: 16-11-2017.
Label: Naxos.
Previously released on Marco Polo.
Recording dates: May 1994.
Venue: Ferenc Liszt Concert Hall, Pécs, Hungary.
Sound engineer: László Dobos.
Time: 77:01.

Works on this CD:
See heading.

Performed by:
Pécs SO, Nicolás Pasquet.

In the past I already collected most of his symphonies on Marco Polo, and liked this composer enormously. A forgotten Hungarian master that should have been equal in standing with his more famous peers, like Bartók, Kodály and Dohnányi. This CD with Ballet music proves once again how good he really was. to start with, these are really radiant performances, with an orchestral transparency and fine string writing. It can be fiery, lean, energetic and very expressive. Detail is relished rather than glossed over, rhythmically alert, transparent and illuminated to a high polish. 
The swift propulsive effects are well shaped which makes the performance exquisite and superbly judged. The orchestration baffles me into admiration, but it also points out that is was composed with images in the mind of the composer as to the choreography and staging of the ballet. It is a very visual score that suffers because of the lack of images. This never materialized and the music was simply ignored as so often happened in those dark times. László. was not the only one to suffer from this negligence due to the powers in charge. Still I make the images in my head while listening, and that is a small consolation added to the brilliant music.
The recording is detailed and lucid.  As if recorded yesterday.

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