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Rozsa - Bagatellen Op.12

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  1. techneut

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    What a popular thread this has become :p
    I checked out the Spellbound Concerto and it did nothing at all for me. Much ado about nothing, as old William would say. I greatly prefer these early and ardently nationalistic little pieces.
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    You better tackle his sonata now! He only seems to have four compositions for the piano, so you can also have a complete cycle there!

    The Spellbound It is al very nice and all that, but I much prefer the real Rozsa. Only today I was asked if I was interested in buying a CD of his film music (suites arranged not by him, but by a fellow Hungarian — Zador if my mind does not fail me.) but I left it behind for others to purchase.
     
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    Hi Chris,

    Yes, the Spellbound Concerto is pure cinema--schmaltzy. But you should listen to Rozsa's real Concerto for Piano and Orchestra played by Pennario and the Milwaulkee Symphony. It's a totally different world.

    David
     
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    I am a much worse hijacker than you are and I have not yet been given the bum's rush, so maybe you are safe for now!

    This must have been my first Rozsa and it did surprise me a little, but now I like it too. I believe that to be the only recording and it is no longer available, Funny that, because both Chandos and Naxos have recorded a great part of his music and there are at least four recordings of the violin concerto (and I have them all!) Of his sonata I only know of one recording, dating from the '50s, as for the Bagatelles, I believe Chris's is the only recording available.

    That is the best way to play and I wish I could do that too! The times I manage it I cannot believe what happens!
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Hm, what about the two complete sets on YouTube ?

    What is the best way to play :?:
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I meant commercially available recordings.

    Pennario's. By the way, the recording of the sonata I mentioned, it is by Pennario.
     
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    Hi Richard,

    Yes, I agree. At first hearing I thought the piano concerto was a bit Bartokian. (I should add here that years ago, at first I had to hold my ears listening to Bartoks concertos, but now I really like his 1st and 2nd concertos). The Rozsa has much originality and modernity, and although it might never be a favorite, I'd still give it a high rating. It's certainly very well crafted. I'm surprised that there is only Pennario's recording of it. Maybe someday it will be rediscovered.

    David
     
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    Actually, there are two recordings by Pennario, one the video and the other (also on YouTube) comes from an LP.
     

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