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Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, September 2017

The playing under the enthusiastic Nicolás Pasquet is excellent and the recording is well-balanced… © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Ralph Graves
WTJU, August 2017

Nicolás Pasquet and the Pécs Symphony Orchestra seem to understand what Lajtha was trying to express. Their performance conveys a sense of urgency, as they breathlessly relate the birth and death of a revolution. And yet they also perform the quieter passages with restraint and sensitivity. © 2017 WTJU Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, July 2017

Lajtha was one of the most significant Hungarian composers of the 20th century, though wider recognition of his music was prevented by the Communist regime. The Seventh Symphony is a tragic, dramatic and revolutionary work directly associated with the brutal suppression of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. © 2017 Classical CD Choice Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, July 2017

All of this music is very well played by the fine orchestra, and audio is excellent as well… © 2017 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2017

We have reached the penultimate release in this complete symphony cycle of the prolific Hungarian composer, László Lajtha, first issued on the Marco Polo label. He has suffered the fate of so many composers whose career ran in parallel with other remarkable musicians who works have dominated the concert repertoire. In Lajtha’s case he lived as a contemporary of Bartók and Kodály, though the musical world has been most ungenerous in allowing his neglect. The Seventh Symphony probably dates from 1957, the composer originally giving it the name ‘Autumn’, but later commented that it was his ‘Revolutionary Symphony’, and reflected the brutal Soviet suppression of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. Maybe it would have been better to keep the original idea, as Lajtha never seemed in possession of angst in his musical language. It was in his studies with Vincent D’Indy that engendered a colourful orchestration tinged with French subtlety, and within the pastoral scene of ‘Autumn’ it is a fine score. We are indebted to the Pecs Symphony for this recording, though it needed an ensemble that is capable of greater impact. By contrast the five movements of the Third Suite from the mid 1950’s are lightweight, happy and ending in a mood of sheer vivacity. The disc is completed with two pieces from the film music for Hortobagy a documentary style film based on the region of Hungary with that name. In these two works, the size and scale were ideally suited to the Pecs ensemble. Whatever my performance reservations in the Symphony, Lajtha is a composer worth exploring. © 2017 David’s Review Corner



Records International, July 2017

The Seventh is a tragic, dramatic and revolutionary work directly associated with the brutal suppression of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, the composer stating that “the musical instruments grieve at the tragedies of Hungary, pray for truth and quote the sounds of the hymn for a peaceful future”. The entertaining Suite is light in tone in the manner of a divertimento, while Lajtha’s music for the film Hortobágy reflects the wild beauty of life on the Hungarian puszta. © 2017 Records International





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