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
Balázs Fülei Piano Recital

8 December 2019, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Balázs Fülei Piano Recital

Christmas with Ferenc Liszt

Liszt:Années de pèlerinage, Troisième année 7. Sursum corda
: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses – 2. Ave Maria
Liszt: Album d’un voyageur – 6. Psaume (de l’église à Genève)
Liszt: Ave Maria (für die große Klavierschule nach Lebert und Stark)
Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses – 5. Pater Noster
Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses – 3. Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
Liszt: Weihnachtsbaum

Balázs Fülei (piano)

In preparation for the year’s biggest holiday, Balázs Fülei has brought together rarely performed sacred works for piano by Liszt for this solo recital. The composer gave himself over to contemplation and deep devoutness after his youthful virtuoso years, and this went hand-in-hand with a transformation in the style of his creative art. The ten-movement cycle Harmonies poétiques et religieuses is the series of his most profound piano works, which places his virtuosity exclusively into the service of the power of expression. Knowing these two creative periods it is perhaps difficult to imagine that the elderly Liszt also turned his hand to writing charming Christmas music, but this is precisely what one child induced him to do. Liszt spent autumn 1875 in Rome with his granddaughter, Daniela von Bülow: he wrote the ten-movement Christmas Tree for her, after which it sank into obscurity until Balázs Fülei made it a standard on his festive repertoire.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


HUF 1 900, 2 900, 3 900, 4 900