Rózsa: Viola Concerto, Hungarian Serenade / Smolij, Karni, Et Al
The Hungarian Serenade is a charmer in the form of five "character pieces"--a march, serenata, scherzo, notturno, and final danza. Rózsa never really needed the moniker "Hungarian", since all of his music sounds recognizably ethnic, even his score to Ben Hur. Once again the performance is lovely, relaxed but never rhythmically slack--just allowing us time to savor the work's spicy harmonies and vivid instrumental color. An easy recommendation, this, and a welcome boost to the growing recognition that Rózsa's concert music surely deserves.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Catalog Number: 8570925
Composer: Miklós Rózsa
Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Concert Orchestra
Performer: Gilad Karni