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Lajtha: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5. Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Suite No. 2. Nicolas Pasquet, Pecs Symphony Orchestra. Marco Polo 8.223671.

Lajtha: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5. Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Suite No. 2. Nicolas Pasquet, Pecs Symphony Orchestra. Marco Polo 8.223671.

I'm not sure whether "Vol. 5" means that this is the fifth installment of music by 20th-century Hungarian composer Laszlo Lajtha, or the fifth volume in a series of orchestral music by various composers. In any event, I obviously missed the first four discs in the series. This one impressed me with its lead work, the Fourth or "Spring" Symphony. Written in 1950, it reveals that the Romantic spirit lived well into the present century and in such a depressingly unlikely place as Soviet-dominated Hungary. It is a light and airy piece, and like the Ballet Suite No. 2 is almost unrelenting in its bustling cheeriness. The companion work, the Third Symphony, is drawn from material Lajtha wrote for the film version of T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral, and it can hardly be considered lightweight. But it makes a nice contrast with the other works and demonstrates Lajtha's range of emotion rather well. The sound of the "Spring" Symphony is particularly lucid and airy and should please most tastes.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Puccio, John
Publication:Sensible Sound
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:May 1, 1998
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