Dances Galanta/ Konzertstuck (Hary Janos Suite F-B) (Naxos: 8.572749) (János Starker/ Seattle Symphony/ Gerard Schwarz)
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When Kodaly constructed a suite of music from his opera Hary Janos
, he further immortalised the braggart soldier of the title. Dreamlike and fantastic, the six scenes are imbued with imaginative writing of sweeping intensity, embracing a love-duet, a mock-epic battle, a folk song, and a vigorous recruiting dance. In the Dances of Galanta
he again employed the Hungarian verbunkos
recruiting dance tradition to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the Budapest Philharmonic Society. The Konzertstuck
of his compatriot and near-contemporary Erno Dohnanyi is a full scale cello concerto of considerable lyric beauty.