Started by kyjo, August 01, 2013, 03:49:09 PM
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Quote from: kyjo on August 02, 2013, 05:59:27 PMFor some reason I've never gotten around to getting those Hungaroton discs you mentioned, Tony. I only possess the Hungaroton recordings of Lajtha's complete string quartets and the Marco Polo recordings of the orchestral works. Have you heard any of Lajtha's orchestral works?
Quote from: kyjo on August 02, 2013, 03:59:26 PMP.S. I'll eat my hat if this thread gets to two pages (well, my first post does take up a lot of space, so....)
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on August 03, 2013, 11:59:02 AMLength doesn't matter. I believe each page holds twenty posts regardless of length. This is my contribution to achieving that goal I haven't heard anything by Lajtha. Today I ordered 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9, hoping I'll enjoy his music as much as your previous recommendation of Freitas Branco.Sarge
Quote from: cilgwyn on August 04, 2013, 04:53:59 AMHe certainly has a gift for orchestration. I still feel his ideas aren't as memorable as a composer like Martinu,for example. Yes,I enjoyed listening to them. Yes,his orchestration glitters & captivates;but unlike Martinu at his best,nothing seems to stay in the mind. Martinu's sound world has often haunted me for days on end. Lajtha's just seems to slip away. With all due respect! Having said that,I would certainly encourage exporation of this composer.
Quote from: Mirror Image on August 04, 2013, 07:27:31 AMI would definitely agree with this for sure. There's nothing particularly memorable about Lajtha's music which is not to say he's not a good composer just not a composer I personally connect with. That was an interesting factoid Kyle mentioned about Lajtha collecting folk songs with Bartok and Kodaly.
Quote from: kyjo on August 04, 2013, 08:31:16 AMIt doesn't really bother me that Lajtha's music isn't the most memorable ever written. I find some of the atmospheres he creates in, say, Symphony no. 9, to be quite haunting, though. Despite all the praise I've showered on him, I am in no way going to claim that Lajtha was a great a composer as Martinu. But I'm guessing not many people are familiar with his music and wanted to encourage those people to please investigate it I, for one, think Lajtha's music deserves wider exposure and that he has an individual voice.
Quote from: Mirror Image on August 04, 2013, 08:50:29 AMI can't argue with this. I'll have to dig out some of my Lajtha Marco Polo recordings at some point (if I can find them amidst the mayhem).
Quote from: kyjo on August 04, 2013, 09:11:06 AMYes, please do! I encouraged Cilgwyn to revisit those Marco Polo discs and his impression now is more positive than it was previously P.S. Seriously? A different Schnittke avatar?
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