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CHAN 10488

Rozsa: Orchestral Works, Volume 1

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2008

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2008


BBC Philharmonic

Rumon Gamba


Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester


Brian Pidgeon

Mike George


Stephen Rinker

Michael Smith


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 73:51
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Overture to a Symphony Concert, Op. 26a (1956, revised 1963)

  for Eugen Zádor  
  Allegro energico - Non troppo allegro - Poco animato -  

Three Hungarian Sketches, Op. 14 (1938, revised 1958)

  for Full Orchestra  
2 I Capriccio. Allegro capriccioso - Poco sostenuto - Più allegro - 5:02
3 II Pastorale. Andante semplice e pastorale. Poco più largamente - 7:15
4 III Danza. Allegro giocoso - Meno mosso - Poco tranquillo - 7:45

Tripartita, Op. 33 (1971, revised 1972)

  for Orchestra  
5 I Intrada. Con moto - Poco animato - Poco meno mosso - 4:53
6 II Intermezzo arioso. Lento - Poco animato - Tempo I - 7:57
7 III Finale. Allegro con brio - Meno mosso, inquieto e nervosamente - 9:22

Hungarian Serenade, Op. 25 (1932, revised 1946)

  for Small Orchestra  
8 I Marcia. Tempo di marcia - Poco più vivo - 4:09
9 II Serenata. Andante con moto e semplice - 6:13
10 III Scherzo. Allegretto scherzando - Poco più andante - 4:35
11 IV Notturno. Lento con espressione - Poco animato - 3:50
12 V Danza. Vivace e molto giusto - Più vivo - Tempo I - 3:43
Rumon Gamba and the BBC Philharmonic embark on a new orchestral series of music by Miklós Rózsa.

Rózsa is one of the giants of the film world, with scores for Ben Hur, Quo Vadis and El Cid to name but a few.

Rumon Gamba says of the project: ‘Having made many discs of the film music by composers whose concert works is well known, for example, Arnold and Vaughan Williams, I thought it would be interesting to look at a very well-known film composer and profile his concert works, which have perhaps been overshadowed by his big-screen successes. The orchestral music of Miklós Rózsa is extremely exciting, passionate and intoxicating, and deserves to be better known.’

Gamba continues, ‘I expect fans of early twentieth-century classical music in general and of the big Hollywood scores alike will find this music arresting and intensely beautiful’

Despite his many Hollywood film commitments, the composer always made time to write the music that was most important to him, that for the concert hall. Once settled in Hollywood, Rózsa was able to negotiate a beneficial contract which allowed him to spend the summer months writing his serious music at his Italian retreat, and the winter months in Hollywood composing music for films. The four works recorded on this first volume offer a strong impression of his concert style, one which the leading conductors of the day held in high regard. The ebullient Three Hungarian Sketches was the official Hungarian entry at the International Music Festival in Baden-Baden in 1938.

The large late Tripartitia, composed in 1971, has an earthy quality but exudes an evocative nocturnal mood. It is complemented by two works in a lighter vein, the Overture to a Symphony Concert and the Hungarian Serenade.

Rózsa developed a unique musical voice highly influenced by his Hungarian roots, and his works often dazzle with virtuosity. The BBC Philharmonic pull out all the stops to play these works with the precision and passion they require. This is the launch of a very special project for Chandos.

"... it i exciting and accessible music ... Rumon Gamba and the BBC Philharmonic play these scores with brilliance, and the Chandos sound is quite superlative."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

Excellent performances and superlative sound make this a most enjoyable overture to what should prove to be a most worthwhile enterprise

This is an excellent introduction to Rozsa’s music, and the recording and performance are of the usual high standards
Liverpool Daily Post

The BBC Philharmonic turns in splendidly opulent playing on the Chandos disc – their Hungarian Serenade is more refined than the Budapest players’.
BBC Music Magazine

Excellent performances and superlative sound make this a most enjoyable overture to what should prove to be a most worthwhile enterprise.

Conductor Rumon Gamba has an ear for brightly coloured, luxuriant music and he presents it honestly, without hyperbole or ego.
International Record Review

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P Gosling