Kodály: Concerto for Orchestra, Dances & ‘Peacock’ Variations
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta
The American conductor JoAnn Falletta has been described by The New York Times as ‘one of the finest conductors of her generation’. Certainly as CD collectors we are becoming accustomed to hugely appealing programmes coming from JoAnn Falletta and her colleagues in the Buffalo Philharmonic.
For me the best of the present CD is the account of the Dances of Galánta in which Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic to steadily build towards a truly brilliant climax to match any in the catalogue, the journey less wild than under, for example, Fritz Reiner. In the ‘Peacock’ variations the work is held together well and the Dances of Marosszék are presented in a suitably lively manner. The remaining work, that titles the album, is the comparatively infrequently performed Concerto for Orchestra in a demonstration worthy performance in which the Buffalo players are able to show off their not inconsiderable virtuosity.
Individually these works are all performed very well and together they combine to produce a highly enjoyable listening experience. With the exceptionally pleasing Dances of Galánta and the added bonus of the Concerto for Orchestra this CD would get a strong recommendation at any price. However with its excellent Naxos sound and at bargain price it is unmissable and is our Bargain Choice for February.