Please allow me that, apart from my regrettable ignorance of the Hungarian language, I remain Magyar in my heart and soul from birth to the grave. As a consequence, I earnestly wish to further the progress of Hungarian music.

Liszt to Antal Augusz
Concerto Budapest

13 January 2019, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Concerto Budapest Presented by Liszt Academy

Messiaen: Hymne au Saint-Sacrement
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129


Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major

Steven Isserlis (cello)
Concerto Budapest
Conductor: András Keller

“Concert piece for violoncello with orchestral accompaniment.” This slightly ambiguous determination is how Schumann defined his Cello Concerto in A minor, written in the autumn of 1850, thereby stating he was fully aware that the work diverged from the ‘official’ model of the First Viennese School. The work is presented here with the solo played by Steven Isserlis, who has a deep commitment to Schumann. Indeed, he has appeared in print as ‘defence attorney’ for the German. “There is no composer to whom I feel closer than Schumann. He has been a beloved friend since I was a child ...” said the world-famous British cellist and audience favourite here in Budapest. The other two works in the programme evoke sacrality, albeit in different ways: the presumed death of a creative genius worshipped as a god and the Eucharist itself. Olivier Messiaen’s work originally dates from 1932, but as a consequence of World War II the composer was forced to rewrite this spiritually-inspired piece from memory in 1947. Anton Bruckner’s ‘Lyric’ symphony, and particularly the beautiful Adagio movement, was born out of the composer’s realization that his idol, Wagner, did not have long to live – and in fact, news of the maestro’s death reached Bruckner while he was writing the Adagio.



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Concerto Budapest


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