The least important are not forbidden to dream of great things, and even modestly to aim at them, according to the measure of their abilities.

Liszt to Antal Augusz
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

11 February 2019, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Gergely Vajda: Sad Sunday – Variations (premiere)
Piazzolla: Bandoneon Concerto (‘Aconcagua’)


Stravinsky: Petrushka
John Adams: Nixon in China – The Chairman Dances

Mihály Demeniv (accordion)
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gergely Vajda

The greatest masters respected as exemplars, from Bach and Haydn through Mozart to Stravinsky, had no compunction whatsoever about using popular melodies and motifs that in themselves had little artistic value yet offered a great deal of utility, for instance, they were easy to whistle or dance to. Astor Piazzolla discovered his musical raw material in the tango; Stravinsky lifted Russian tunes and hurdy-gurdy airs as much as inimitable Viennese waltzes for Petruska; while there is a foxtrot to be discerned in the dances of John Adams’s (in)famous opera. Gergely Vajda’s latest work was inspired by a global hit, the song known internationally as ‘Gloomy Sunday’, written by Rezső Seress in the 1930s.



Presented by

Hungarian Radio Art Groups


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