SÁNDOR BALASSA (b.1935): The Man Outside, Op. 27.
Catalogue Number: 10J096
Reference: HCD 12052
Description: The Man is a soldier back from the war, struggling and failing to find his way in a society devastated both physically, socially and psychologically. Balassa calls it an "opera in five movements" which progressively show the main character that death is the only option for one still concerned to take responsibility for his actions. A Berg-inspired declamatory style is set against powerful choruses and Balassa uses a variety of musical styles, as the need demands, from non-serial tone-rows to brittle diatonic lyricism, to produce a genuinely moving work of drama which can even be appreciated now, 30 years after the Cold War angst and World War II hangover which generated it. Hungarian-English libretto. Sándor Palcsó (tenor), Ilona Tokody (soprano), László Polgár (bass), Hungarian Radio and TV Chorus, Budapest Symphony Orchestra; György Lehel. Original 1980 Hungaroton LP release.