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 Posted:   Apr 25, 2012 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Classical works by Miklos Rozsa's regular orchestrator:

http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/w/204843/Eugene-Z%C3%A1dor-A-Children%E2%80%99s-Symphony

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2012 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

Thanks. Years ago I met his son Leslie at a SPFM function.

 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2012 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   goldsmith-rulez   (Member)

Interesting. Though I wonder why they're focusing on Zador before they've even finished Rózsa.

Funny, Rózsa never acknowledged Zador's work as his orchestrator. In Double Life, he only mentions him once, in passing.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2012 - 11:30 PM   
 By:   Aggelos   (Member)

Nice! I was wondering, is anyone ever going to record Zador's orchestration for J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in F Minor (instrumentation : 2+1, 2+1, 2+1, 2+1 - 4,3,3,1 - timp - str.)???

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2012 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Funny, Rózsa never acknowledged Zador's work as his orchestrator. In Double Life, he only mentions him once, in passing.




Oh, he did, he did, often.

But if you've seen Rozsa's sketches, there's very little left for an orchestrator to do at all, they're so detailed. Easily 90% of the info is in there. That's to some extent why Rozsa's concert works sound from the same hand as his film-scores.

Zador was good in his own right, but the Rozsa connection doesn't manifest that.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   Uhtred   (Member)

Apologies for my complete lack of knowledge in this area but I recently bought and very much enjoyed the 4 Naxos Rozsa CDs of his classical work. I was hoping to use this as a stepping stone to more classical work similar to Rozsa. I read about his connection with Zador and was wondering how his work compares. The amazon samples are so short as to be pretty worthless. Thanks.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I haven't listened to the Zador recently enough to comment on it. But if you're looking for "classical music similar to Rozsa," why not start with other 20th Century composers with a Hungarian accent, such as Zoltan Kodaly (start with HARY JANOS SUITE), and Bartok (try CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA). Then again, there's lots of other great stuff out there to recommend, depending just what it is in Rozsa which most appeals to you. For instance, if you like the Oriental Rozsa, then there's Rimsky-Korsakov's SCHEHEREZADE. If you're more into the Noir Rozsa, then maybe some Russians like Prokofiev or Shostakovich could be more to your taste.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 3:14 PM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

The Naxos Zador albums are available on Spotify (at least in the USA):

http://open.spotify.com/album/0Ws1yltogQCFScuQEivjJT
http://open.spotify.com/album/2ZcK5YDsriQ4UzqH1kZE5G

An older album on the Cambria label:

http://open.spotify.com/album/1Ad73QwhdF93h8KXi50Cff

I listened to the album mentioned in the OP of this thread and I think it is enjoyable, accessible orchestral music. There are definitely some passages where if somebody asked me to identify the composer I'd guess Rozsa, but overall I think he's got a voice of his own.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

There's a wonderful Hungarian composer named Szervansky, now deceased, who wrote a lot of lyrical stuff that pleased my personal Rozsa palate. Seek him out on LP's and a few CD's and I think you'll thank me.

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 3:30 AM   
 By:   Uhtred   (Member)

Thanks very much Preston. I have a Kodaly and a Bartok in my Amazon basket now (the concerto and Hary Janos) ready for my next shop and I'll check the others out after. I think they should keep me going for a while. I've been meaning to try Shostakovich after hearing all the praise from the classical fans on here.

 
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