Music of Eugene Zador, vol. 2

Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Hungary.

Music of Eugene Zador, vol. 2

NAXOS International, February 2013


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What a Treat!
Artistic quality: 10/10, Sound quality: 10/10
As with the previous release in this series, the performances are excellent. The orchestra plays with enthusiasm; this is quality music that’s evidently a lot of fun to play. Mariusz Smolij conducts as though he’s been performing these pieces forever, and the engineering is top-notch. Another terrific disc from Naxos!
D. Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
  Eugene Zádor, Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Naxos has introduced a second volume of Zador using the same orchestra and conductor with nothing short of spectacular results. If you’re interested in the works of Rozsa, both classical and film, this will be a welcome addition to your library. The Budapest Symphony is right at home with this material as the notes flow seamlessly. 
Film Music: The Neglected Art, San Francisco
Simply great release
Mariusz Smolij and the Budapest Symphony continue to show an affinity for these pieces with committed performances. The performances are wonderfully captured in a good overall sound with a touch of ambience that allows here for the crisp playing. Both this and the initial Naxos release…are well worth picking up and are simply great releases.
M. Steve, Cinemusical, , St. Paul, Minnesota
Sound and performance is superb
Zador is a versatile and creative composer we know from the first volume in this series, and from thereon there is no disappointment in terms of music that doesn’t have a high standard, for everything that is recorded so far shows clear signs of an excellent grasp of counterpoint and a knack for ideas and melodic lines. His palette is a rich one, and the musical food tasty to a point of ecstatic heights. The recording is really very good, sound and performance is superb.
Harry van der Wal, Harry’s classical music corner, USA
I truly enjoyed the music on this CD!
The Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV do first-class, enthusiastic work on this CD; they seem to be enjoying themselves. I can’t imagine any other orchestra playing this music better. Oboist Hadady has a big, round, and attractive tone that adds to the appeal of the oboe concerto. One might say these performances are always right on track. If you like Rózsa, in all his musical incarnations, I think this CD will give you a lot of pleasure. I know it did that for me.
Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare Magazine, Tenafly, New Jersey
Respect and admiration
These works have a 20th century flair of richness and formality, yet they teeter with melodic and atonal edging. Zádor’s Studies for Orchestra is comprised of eight separate musical dialogues. The sections are so varied that it almost translates into a modernistic Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. Portions are frequently acrid, but at the same time, they demonstrate Eugene Zádor’s fascinating exercise into what the human mind can create using a potpourri of instruments and unexpected techniques. The Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, under the direction of Mariusz Smolij, handles Eugene Zádor’s music with respect and admiration.
Christie Grimstad, ConcertoNet.com, Paris, France
Admirably played
Born in Hungary in 1894, Eugene Zador was one of many central European emigrants who worked tirelessly in Hollywood making other names famous (…) Music on this this disc admirably played by the Budapest orchestra conducted by Mariusz Smolij. The soloist is the highly regarded Hungarian oboist, Laszlo Hadady, his career concentrated on France where has been for many years the principal of the Ensemble Intercontemporain.
David Denton, David’s Review Corner, U.K.