JÁNOS VAJDA (b.1949): Magnificat for Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra (Andreal Meláth [mezzo], Csaba Grünfelder [tenor], Csaba Gerzsenyi [baritone]), Saint Peter and the Mercenaries for Tenor, Baritone, Male Chorus and Orchestra, Variations of an Imaginary Poem by Sandor Weores for Chorus and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 03L106
Reference: HCD 32551
Description: ajda's choral works are just as attractive and approachable: the Magnificat, alternating choral with solo vocal segments, is brilliant and extroverted, with a few quieter moments of affecting serenity; misbehaving mercenaries, admitted to heaven by St. Peter, run riot in a comic setting of a Hans Sachs poem, and the Variations, on children's nonsense lyrics, are a riot of colorful fun, echoes of Kodály included. Hungarian-English texts. Budapest Academic Choral Society, Budapest Youth Chori, Honvéd Male Choir, Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok; Gábor Hollerung.