Music of Eugene Zador, vol. 4

Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Hungary.

Music of Eugene Zador, vol. 4

NAXOS International, August 2016


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Remarkable performance
The Fugue Fantasia has superb structure from start to finish. Contrasting episodes between melodic and counterpoint lines lead us to a majestic ending. (Composer’s) own brand of neo-romanticism and nationalism in Rhapsody is mastery cited with the orchestral palette, which is well presented in a remarkable performance.
Luis Suárez, Ritmo Magazine, Madrid, Spain
Admirable dedication
The whole program is performed with admirable dedication from Mariusz Smolij and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV. Zádor could not have asked for more enthusiastic advocates of his music. The recorded sound, captured in a Hungarian Radio studio in two sessions in 2014 and 2015, is fine. I enjoyed this music and am glad to have made its acquaintance.
Mark Novak, Fanfare Magazine, Tenafly, New Jersey
An enjoyable, well-recorded, approachable CD, worth an hour of anyone’s time.
Michael Wilkinson, MusicWeb International, Loughton, Essex, U.K.
World premiere recordings
The fourth of a series of music by the Hungarian composer, Eugene Zádor, finds him in the United States where he sought sanctuary from the 1930’s political events. The Budapest orchestra, under the direction of Mariusz Smolij, have been dedicated performers throughout the series, though I guess they had never cast eyes on the music before. Here they have added to the CD catalogue world premiere recordings of the Biblical Triptych and Fugue Fantasia. Studio sound of a good quality.
David Denton, David’s Review Corner, U.K.