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Beliczay: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 45 - Serenade in D Minor, Op. 36
By Budapest Concert Orchestra MAV and Tamas Gal. By Julius Beliczay. Classical. CD. Naxos #CDS1115. Published by Naxos (NX.CDS1115).
Item Number: NX.CDS1115
Julius Beliczay is a truly sensational but forgotten composer who completely mastered the symphonic art. Much influenced by Robert Schumann and some believe his orchestrations are even better. We know numerous excellent composers who began their careers as an officer, official or doctor. However, it is quite rare that someone, in this case Beliczay, performed excellently in both civil duties and in music. He was an accomplished mathematician and he received a Master of Science and Engineering in 1857. In 1886, he left his position as a principal consultant. Thanks to the organization of the railway company, he was able to retire to devote himself exclusively to music. In 1888, he was appointed by Odon Michalovich (Erkel's successor as headmaster at the Academy of Music) to become professor of composition. He became ill and resigned in 1892 and died April 30, 1893. THE HUNGARIAN STATE RAILWAYS (MAV) founded on 1 May, 1945 their own symphony orchestra. Under the leadership of the orchestra's first artistic director, Tibor Szoke, who was the Opera House's young conductor, in the autumn of 1946, the Academy of Music was hosting their subscription concert series. In November 1947 the orchestra gave a guest concert in the Musikvereinssaal, Vienna. Alongside orchestral performances in Budapest and the provinces, the Rolling Opera also started in 1947: this was an Opera House travelling company performance with the State Opera House singers, choir and the MAV Symphony Orchestra. Between 1947 and 1954 the company gave 544 performances in the whole Hungary.