„Through the valley of the shadow…;”
Concert in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
- Pártos Ödön:
- Yizkor (in Memoriam)
- Weiner László:
- Gyopár László:
- Nádor Mihály:
- Violin concerto
- Dohnányi Ernő:
- Szeged Mass
This invitational concert that forms part of the official programme of the Hungarian Holocaust Memorial Year and is organised by the Liszt Academy Concert Centre aims to demonstrate through performing works by Jewish musicians who died young in the Holocaust or were forced into emigration, and playing the Szeged Mass by Ernő Dohányi who himself died in exile, that this dark chapter in history also caused irreplaceable losses to Hungarian culture.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian Jewry, the government of Hungary has declared 2014 to be the Hungarian Holocaust Memorial Year, paying tribute to the memory of the victims, and expressing that the power of human dignity has irrevocably defeated death, evil and inhumanity. In order for the events of this tragic era in our history to be communicated to as wide an audience as possible through the memorials and events of the anniversary, the government has stated several times that the Holocaust Memorial Year is only fitting to the scale of Hungary's losses if it addresses everyone and if every community tells the story in its own manner and with its own means.
Three of the composers – László Weiner, Mihály Nádor and László Gyopár – represented on this concert programmed, devised by Péter Bársony lost their lives in the Holocaust, while the concert opens with the work Yizkor for viola and orchestra which was written to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust in 1947 by Ödön Pártos who by then was a teacher at the Tel Aviv music academy. The two supreme string soloists, Péter Bársony and Barnabás Kelemen, who also teach at the Liszt Academy, are partnered by conductor Leon Botstein who is rector of Bard College in the USA and works regularly in Hungary. He studied conducting in Chicago and Harvard and during the course of his career has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, as well as guest conductor of such ensembles as the London Philharmonic, the Concerto Budapest, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In the second half of the concert, there will be a performance of Ernő Dohnányi's rarely heard masterpiece, the Szeged Mass, written in 1930 to mark the opening of the Votive Church of Szeged, performed by the Budapest Philharmonic Society Orchestra which comprises of musicians from the orchestra of the State Opera House, also featuring the National Philharmonic Choir.
Organizer: Liszt Academy Concert Centre