Laks, Rózsa, Orbán & Kilar: Orchestral Works Erdődy Chamber Orchestra & Zsolt Szefcsik
- Szymon Laks (1901 - 1983): Sinfonietta:
- 1Sinfonietta: I. Ouverture. Allegro non troppo ma con brio04:09
- 2Sinfonietta: II. Sérénade. Un poco adagio05:10
- 3Sinfonietta: III. Rondino. Allegro giusto02:02
- 4Sinfonietta: IV. Finale. Allegro vivace05:02
- Miklós Rózsa (1907 - 1995): Concerto for String Orchestra, Op. 17:
- 5Concerto for String Orchestra, Op. 17: I. Moderato, ma risoluto ed energico07:49
- 6Concerto for String Orchestra, Op. 17: II. Lento con gran espressione07:15
- 7Concerto for String Orchestra, Op. 17: III. Allegro giusto08:05
- György Orbán (b. 1947): Sopra canti diversi:
- 8Sopra canti diversi: I. Colindă05:33
- 9Sopra canti diversi: II. Schneefall in Kronstadt05:22
- 10Sopra canti diversi: III. Repülj madár, repülj05:20
- Wojciech Kilar (1932- 2013):
Info for Laks, Rózsa, Orbán & Kilar: Orchestral Works
The Erdody Chamber Orchestra's third album includes works by both Polish and Hungarian composers active in the 20th century including Laks, Rozsa, Orban and Kilar.
In 1994, Zsolt Szefcsik founded the Erdody Chamber Orchestra in Budapest to promote the Hungarian musical heritage and present achievements of contemporary composers. Over 25 years, the ensemble, using Hungarian manuscript collections, has presented over one hundred forgotten pieces. Thanks to this fact, it has become an orchestra with currently the most extensive repertoire of Hungarian music. A large group of works by composers operating in the 18th and 19th centuries has become available only thanks to the concerts of the Erdody Chamber Orchestra.
Erdödy Chamber Orchestra
Zsolt Szefcsik, conductor
Born in 1967, violinist Zsolt Szefcsik has been a member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra for exactly a quarter of a century, since 1994. This was the same year that he founded his own ensemble, the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra, with a dual mission: to seek out and rediscover 18th- and 19th century Hungarian works and to commission and present contemporary compositions. The group is particularly active in the latter regard, having given more than a hundred works their world premières so far. The Erdődy Chamber Orchestra's interest in Polish music is also not a new development: they received a state award for popularising Polish music in Hungary in 2006.
The fact that they are playing the two Polish compositions that bookend this concert programme is an important gesture, for their composers have thus far received scantier attention in Hungary than the activities of their contemporaries have. The Holocaust survivor Simon Laks was born a Russian citizen in 1901 and studied in Warsaw, but lived in France between the world wars. He also died there, as a French citizen, in 1983. Vojciech Kilar (1932-2013), by contrast, three decades younger than Laks and the composer of many successful film scores, serves as a symbol of all those who remained in their homeland. The three Hungarian composers in the programme - Miklós Rózsa, György Orbán and Levente Gyöngyösi - represent three different generations.