FERENC FARKAS (1905-2000): Orchestral Music, Vol. 5 - Symphonic Overture*, Elegia*, Concertino for Piano and Orchestra*, Planctus et consolationes, Dances from the Mátra*, Liszt orch. Farkas: Funérailles*. * - First Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 10T005
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0286
Description: Symphony collectors take note! The first two items listed above are the first two movements of a 1952 symphony, later withdrawn, which memoriaized the liberation of Budapest by the red Army. Shostakovich is unsurprisingly present in the battle music of the first and the Elegia is what it says it is. The 1947 Concertino is brightly neo-Classical with Hungarian folk music taking over in the slow moovement and finale. Like Funerialles, brought into existence by using bits of Liszt for a film about the composer, “Mourning and Consolation” (1965) is a funeral memorial from 1965 to a famous archaeologist, film director and ethnologist who was a close friend of Farkas’; at over 17 minutes, it’s the longest work on this 73-minute disc which ends with three short folk dances that border on light music. Gábor Farkas (piano), MÁV Symphony Orchestra; Gábor Takács-Nagy.