Author Topic: László Lajtha (1892-1963), the greatest Hungarian symphonist  (Read 13939 times)

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Offline André

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Re: László Lajtha (1892-1963), the greatest Hungarian symphonist
« Reply #80 on: August 22, 2020, 05:41:56 AM »
Indeed ! VW was there first, so it’s entirely possible Lajtha was aware of that work. The development seems to take a sinuous, more oriental turn though.

One of my favourite versions of the VW 6th:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkF7-_1EwfY


Eerily similar beginning !

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Re: László Lajtha (1892-1963), the greatest Hungarian symphonist
« Reply #81 on: October 17, 2020, 03:55:25 AM »
Received my copy of the Pasquet recording of Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6. Within a few minutes of starting No. 5, I'm already entranced. Further marvellous orchestration by Lajtha! While he does have "heavy" passages, a lot of his music I would describe as light and fleet of foot, especially in his use of much-divided strings. The saxophone adds another dimension, and his colouring with harp and percussion is magical!

My one extemely minor bugbear, and it's nothing on the music itself, is...why didn't Naxos order the symphonies properly on the disc? No. 6 is placed before No. 5. Very minor, I know, but I appreciate order in an already chaotic world.