Release Date: 12/04/05
The archive recording presented here was made on 4th March 1979 in the concert hall of the Music Academy in Budapest. It is a live concert recording (with all the technical haphazardness that implies) in which the orchestra of the students of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy is conducted by Albert Simon. He was an exceptionally talented and highly cultured heir and representative of the great Central European tradition, which he had learned from the greatest of musicians. He had teachers such as LeÃ³ Weiner, Constantin Silvestri, George Georgescu, and closely watched the rehearsals of conductors like Erich Kleiber, Otto Klemperer (at whose invitation he spent several months in London), studying the work of excellent instrumentalists and chamber ensembles (studying as he demanded of others: not 'generally' but scrutinizing them, down to the finest details). With the formal and sound ideal that he had formed (and not in theory but as sound), he sought out the work of the Staatskapelle in Dresden, observing the secret of the great German orchestra for weeks, or analysing hundreds of recordings with a critical ear. He was able to express precisely what he heard in all of them. But expressing it counted for little in his view; only live perception, the fast reaction in music. He stored all this experience as living sound-prints in his aural memory, and integrated it into his own artistic imagination. Although he sacrificed a regular conductor's career for the training of new orchestral musicians, and thus conducted rarely in public, his few concerts remain an unforgettable memory (unfortunately only a few recordings exist) and proved that if he had wished, he would have had a place amongst the greatest in the world. (LÃ¡szlÃ³ Dobszay)
|Label: BMC Records|
|Run Time: 56 mins|
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