Podcast: Hallmarks of Hungary. Kodály’s orchestral works.
January 12, 2018
Conductor JoAnn Falletta discusses the Buffalo Philharmonic’s latest recording of Hungarian music with broadcaster Peter Hall. Zoltán Kodály wrote major orchestral scores that were deeply enriched by his researches into Hungarian folk music, not least the heritage of gypsy music. The recording’s programme comprises Dances of Galánta and Dances of Marosszék, both full of swagger and vitality; the lush and sparkling Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for its 50th anniversary; and Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song ‘The Peacock’, a virtuoso showcase of sizzling effects.