The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Anima Eterna Brugge

5 November 2019, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Orchestra in the Centre

Anima Eterna Brugge Presented by Liszt Academy

Wolf: Nimmersatte Liebe; Lebe Wohl; Der Feuerreiter
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 – 4. Adagietto
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Thomas E. Bauer (baritone)
Anima Eterna Brugge
Conductor: Jos van Immerseel

The concert reconciles. Hugo Wolf was the sworn enemy of Brahms following an incident once when the young man approached the elderly master for advice and support and in return received just a few niggardly words of praise. From this moment, Wolf penned critiques of Brahms’s works in fierce anger. Now, however, the Anima Eterna Brugge concert starts with three of his songs and concludes with the Symphony in C minor by Brahms. In fact, the very symphony which, immediately after its premiere, some critics (Wolf not being one!) called Beethoven’s tenth. Its closing movement has a soaring melody similar to the Ode to Joy. Gustav Mahler stands between the two ‘warring parties’. He was born in the same year as Wolf (1860) but harboured no hard feelings towards Brahms. He looked kindly on the fact that Brahms once congratulated him on an opera performance, in Budapest, in 1890. At that time Mahler was director here and conducted Don Giovanni. Baritone Thomas E. Bauer sings Songs of a Wayfarer, and then there is the famous Adagietto from the Fifth Symphony, which was worked into several films: anyone who has seen Death in Venice will never forget its melodies.


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