LÉO WEINER (1885-1960): Serenade in F Minor, Op. 3, Divertimenti No. 1 in D, Op. 20 “After Old Hungarian Dances”, No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 24 “Hungarian Folk Melodies”, No. 3 in A, Op. 25 “Hungarian Impressions”, No. 4 in G and No. 5, Op. 39 “Hungarian Impressions”.

Catalogue Number: 10T004

Label: Chandos

Reference: CHAN 10959

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: You all know this Hungarian composer by now from the many Hungaroton releases we offered back before the mid-2000s. So what could be finer than 82 minutes of Weiner presenting regional Hungarian folk music types in his gloriously colorful orchestral garb? The early Serenade of 1906, written before Bartók and others codified the methods of folksong-collecting, is the “fake Hungarian” stuff used by Brahms and others but the five Divertimenti (1933 to 1951) use authentic sources. Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi.

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