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Work: Háry János orchestral suite

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ComposerKodály, Zoltán (1882-1967)
Period20th century
Work typeOrchestral
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BasingstokeRouvali conducts Sibelius 5

© Camilla Greenwell
Kodály, Khachaturian, Sibelius
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Nemanja Radulović

LondonRouvali conducts Sibelius Symphony No. 5

© Camilla Greenwell
Kodály, Khachaturian, Sibelius
Philharmonia Orchestra; Santtu-Matias Rouvali; Nemanja Radulović
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Tasty morsels from Fabien Gabels and BBCSO

Noriko Ogawa © Satoru Mitsuta
In a programme of mostly tasty morsels, Fabien Gabel and the BBCSO found a freshness and rhythmic vitality that made for a most enjoyable evening.
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LA Phil finds focus on Bartók, Kodály – but not on Eötvös

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s January 20 concert, the last in its “Focus on Eötvös” mini-residency, may as well have been called “Focus on Hungary.” The small, landlocked country, with barely over 9 million residents, has exerted – and continues to exert – a powerful influence on music.
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Beginning with a Sneeze: The National Youth Orchestra Folk Explosion

Composers have a long tradition of incorporating folk tunes into their music, and this evening’s concert by the National Youth Orchestra, with support from members of the folk group Bellowhead, really proved the point that musical genres are not separate boxes, but just points on a continuum, with no fixed boundaries.
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Prom 65: "A riot of orchestral colour?"

A "riot of orchestral colour" was promised, but little of it was allowed to flourish.Elgar's Cockaigne Overture, written during the winter of 1900-01, is a portrait of a busy London, conjuring the hustle and bustle of everyday, metropolitan life.
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A Perfect Symmetry

The central Austro-German repertoire in this excellently conceived programme was flanked by two Hungarian works from the pen of archivist, educator and composer, Zoltán Kodály. A seamless suite of five deftly orchestrated, and increasingly animated movements, Dances of Galánta (1933) draws on memories of Kodály's happy childhood in the titular market town.