The two Hungarians not only played music, they were themselves the music – in every nerve – down to their fingertips.

Adelheid von Schorn on Reményi and Liszt – Night

15 November 2019, 19.00-21.00

Solti Hall – Journey by Moonlight – Night Presented by Liszt Academy

Chamber Music Festival of the Liszt Academy

Bellini: Fifteen Songs – 6. Torna, vezzosa Fillide, 14. Per pietà bell'idol mio, 15. Ma rendi pur contento
Chopin: Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. posth (transcription for violin and piano by Henning Kraggerud)
Donizetti–Zabel: Solo from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor
Chopin: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, Op. 65
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956

Artistic directors: Izabella Simon and Dénes Várjon
Henning Kraggerud (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras, Miklós Perényi (cello), Dénes Várjon, Izabella Simon (piano), Andrea Vigh (harp), Klára Kolonits (vocals)
Kuss Quartet: Jana Kuss, Oliver Wille (violin); William Coleman (viola); Mikayel Hakhnazaryan (cello)

Night is not only dark but multicoloured. It is full of beauty and secrets, it is both alluring and scary, pleasantly quiet and chillingly silent. We hear the rustling of nocturnal wildlife, bump into ghosts, marvel at the moon and launch into a serenade. No wonder then how so many composers have been inspired by this part of the day. Chopin is one of the principal characters in the second concert. A few songs by his great favourite, Bellini, signal the start of the concert, then there is a performance of a nocturne (music of the night) by the Pole in an arrangement by Henning Kraggerud. The other grand master of Italian bel canto, Donizetti, is also represented: the harp solo in Lucia di Lammermoor evokes a night-time murder by the lakeside. Chopin’s sonata for cello and piano is linked to Antal Szerb’s novel Journey by Moonlight with its sense of melancholy, nostalgia, hope, dignity and inner strength, whereas in the case of the grandiose chamber work of Schubert it is the internal exile from society that the composer always experienced that associates it most closely to the novel’s hero.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


HUF 3 500, 4 500

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