Hungarian Rhapsodies 1-6 / Roumanian Rhapsody
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.4 x 14.2 x 1.19 cm; 100.07 g
- メーカー : Polygram Records
- EAN : 0028943201520, 0773308701923
- 商品モデル番号 : 1990221
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 1991
- 時間 : 1 時間 14 分
- SPARSコード : ADD
- レーベル : Polygram Records
- ASIN : B0000057KX
- ディスク枚数 : 1
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 149,660位ミュージック (の売れ筋ランキングを見るミュージック)
The most famous Hungarian Rhapsody is No. 2--the one that had Bugs Bunny chasing a mouse up and down the keyboard of his piano. However, if you like No. 2, you'll like the rest of them. There are about 16 in all, but only these six also exist in orchestral versions, and they sound very different from the piano originals. Antal Dorati is simply unbeatable in music like this: he keeps everything moving in an exciting fashion, gets a disciplined response from the orchestra, and knows the music like the back of his hand. Mercury's recording is close-up and colorful, much like the music itself. This is pure fun, no more, no less. --David Hurwitz
At this stage in Dorati’s career his conducting was at a peak ensuring vital interpretations but also capable of galvanising the orchestras that he worked with. His previous time with the Minneapolis orchestra was notable for many edge -of-the-seat recordings, not least his recordings of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petrushka. His remakes with Decca did not have the same intensity although they were far superior as sound. His recordings with the LSO at the end of the 50’s and start of the 60’s had the same intensity as before but with the advantage of vibrant Mercury sound as experienced here plus a London orchestra well on the way to being an outstanding ensemble notable for its extrovert capabilities.
This particular disc includes a performance of the Enesco Rhapsody that is still arguably a definitive experience and much the same could be said of the six Liszt Rhapsodies. These all deliver exhilarating recordings that emulate particularly thrilling live performances and must have been a particularly gripping experience for the players. That ‘live’ excitement, avoiding any suggestion of being over-driven, fully transfers to the listener of this disc.
As an example of a white-hot studio recordings equal to the best of ‘live’ concerts this disc will always be hard to match let alone beat.
Antal Dorati was a past master at interpreting this kind of music (as well as the more serious stuff, of course) and he and the London Symphony Orchestra sound as if they were having a ball with this recording. The sound is so good it's difficult to believe it was recorded almost 50 years ago (in the case of the Enescu and 2 of the Liszt Rhapsodies, literally 50 years ago). Fantastic stuff!
I must confess to not having heard Enesco's Rhapsody before and found it a very enjoyable bonus on this CD.
Highly recommended CD in every respect.