...a country (Hungary) whose population, even today, is barely over ten million has produced so many musicians and so much outstanding music. I am grateful for having been born and trained there.

Sir Georg Solti

9 December 2018, 19.00-21.00

Solti Hall


Concert on the 110th anniversary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen

Messiaen: Preludes
László Borbély (piano)
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Lisa Romain (violin), Horia Dumitrache (clarinet), Tamás Zétényi (cello), László Borbély (piano)

Rainbow and Abyss: this is the surprisingly paradoxical and yet apposite title of this chamber recital held in tribute to Olivier Messiaen, who was born 110 years ago. Messiaen himself included odd titles in the two eight-movement works presented here. The first is Preludes for piano, completed by the composer when he was just 20 years old and which is regarded as his first mature work. We find eccentricity in such titles as ‘The Dove’, which the composer associated with the colours orange and violet, and ‘Song of Ecstasy in a Sad Landscape’, in which grey, mauve, Prussian blue and silver dominate. The movements of Quartet for the End of Time, which was written while the composer was interned in the Görlitz prisoner of war camp in 1941, are similarly inventive and full of fantasy. Here, the fourth movement is ‘Abyss of the Birds’, while the word ‘rainbow’ appears in the lengthy title given to the seventh. The prisoners found a piano, violin, clarinet and cello in the camp, so the deeply religious Messiaen grabbed the opportunity to write music of consolation in praise of God for his 5,000 fellow inmates.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


HUF 1 600