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JoAnn Falletta

“The orchestral showpieces of Zoltán Kodály are a profession of his love for his native Hungary, filled with evocations of the gypsy music he adored. Shimmering with expressive melodies, extraordinary woodwind writing, bravura string passages, wild dances, Hungarian rubato and dizzying virtuosity, they are some of the most exciting music ever written for symphony orchestra. The obscure Concerto for Orchestra emerges as an unjustly forgotten masterpiece of color, passion and ingenious invention.

The Buffalo Philharmonic reveled in the life-affirming joy of this music, and hope this recording will inspire more performances of the music of Kodály.”

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

KODÁLY, Z.: Concerto for Orchestra / Dances of Galánta / Dances of Marosszék / The Peacock Variations
8.573838
Zoltán KODÁLY (1882–1967)
Concerto for Orchestra
Dances of Galánta • Dances of Marosszék
‘The Peacock’ Variations

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta

Zoltán Kodály, like his compatriot Béla Bartók, wrote major orchestral scores that were deeply enriched by his research into Hungarian folk music. The Dances of Galánta are full of swagger and vitality, and the Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned for the Chicago Symphony’s 50th anniversary, is lush, sparkling and vivid. Like the Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song, ‘The Peacock’, a virtuoso showcase of sizzling effects, these scores reveal the brilliance of his orchestral colours and the indelible allure of gypsy themes.

Listen to an extract from
Concerto for Orchestra


Listen to JoAnn Falletta in conversation
with Peter Hall about this release


About the Artists
JoAnn Falletta
JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony, and is principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, winner of the Stokowski Competition, and the Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter conducting awards, she has also received eleven ASCAP awards and serves on the US National Council on the Arts. A champion of American music, she has presented over five hundred works by American composers, including 110 world premieres.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), under music director JoAnn Falletta, is Buffalo’s leading cultural ambassador and presents more than 120 classics, pops and youth concerts each year. The orchestra has toured the United States and Canada, and in 2013 the BPO made its 24th appearance at Carnegie Hall as a participant in the Spring For Music festival. During JoAnn Falletta's tenure the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 40 new albums of diverse repertoire on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels.
Recommended recordings by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic

For the full list of JoAnn Falletta’s extensive discography with Naxos, please visit her artist page.

“[Mr Tambourine Man]is an exhausting but gratifying 37-minute experience. Lyric soprano Hila Plitmann assures this with her intensely dramatic performance, seconded by JoAnn Falletta and her excellent Buffalo orchestra.”
Fanfare
  Listen to an extract from
Mr Tambourine Man:
IV. Masters of War
8.557711
RESPIGHI, O.:
Vetrate di chiesa
Impressioni Brasiliane • Rossiniana

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • Falletta
“... Naxos here offer another group of rich and exotic works which demonstrate [Respighi's] extraordinary gift for brilliant orchestration. The Buffalo Philharmonic under its music director, JoAnn Falletta, is treated to warm and spectacular recording, apt for such exotic pieces.”
Penguin Guide
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Church Windows:
II. St Michael Archangel
8.573161 [CD]
NBD0041 [Blu-ray Audio]
GLIÈRE, R.:
Symphony No. 3, "Il'ya Muromets"

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • Falletta
“…this interpretation is the real thing; the energy, enthusiasm, and grandeur of Falletta’s reading are graphic evidence of her love of this music … The Buffalo orchestra valiantly responds to her leadership all the way.”
American Record Guide
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Symphony No. 3:
IV. The Heroism and Petrification of Il'ya Muromets
8.559705 [CD]
NBD0025 [Blu-ray Audio]
GERSHWIN, G.:
Concerto in F • Rhapsody No. 2
I Got Rhythm Variations

Weiss • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Falletta
“This is one of those recordings that you know are going to be excellent right from the start.”
MusicWeb International
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I Got Rhythm Variations


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