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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B007N0SW14
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Eugene Z dor was a remarkable colourist and orchestrator whose Hollywood film work was extensive. He described himself as a 'middle of the road extremist'. The Aria and Allegro is a beautifully crafted work brimming with rhythmic energy. Five Contrasts for Orchestra demonstrates his rich sound world at its most vibrant; film noir jostling with a big-booted country dance. The lighter A Children's Symphony is one of his most popular pieces - communicative, witty, accessible. We also hear two small and captivating evocations of his native Hungary. Mariusz Smolij is a founding member of the Penderecki String Quartet, former artistic director of the Lutos?awski Wroc?aw Philharmonic and International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, Poland, and currently serves as Music Director of the Acadiana Symphony in Louisiana and Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey."

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By LMG on February 1, 2015
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Eugene Zador was the orchestrator for the late great Miklos Rozsa (Ivanhoe, Knights of the Round Table, Spellbound, Ben-Hur, King of Kings, El Cid, The Lost Weekend, The Thief of Baghdad, etc.) and I was most eager to hear what this Hungarian composer had to "say". Unfortunately, after listening to the music of other Hungarians (besides Rozsa - Liszt, Bartok, Kodaly), I was expecting something more "explosive" and "dynamic". I realize that my judgement of Zador is purely subjective and personal, but it is my review. To be sure, there is a playfulness in many of the pieces heard in this collection that remind me of very similar segments in the more dramatic music of Rozsa (e.g., parts of The Red House, A Time to Love and a Time to Die, The VIPs). But I kept feeling that Zador was holding back and never really "let go". Even though he was a part of the late Romantic movement, he hardly evokes the kind of response felt when listening to the work of Rachmaninoff. For those who appreciate Hungarian music (though I really didn't feel an "Hungarian" element in Zador's music either) and would like to try something different along the lines of that venue, I would recommend this CD. However, it may not be what you expected.
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