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
Judit Rajk, Dóra Pétery & Erzsébet Seleljo Chamber Recital

18 December 2019, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Judit Rajk, Dóra Pétery & Erzsébet Seleljo Chamber Recital Presented by Liszt Academy

Mysteria Religiosa

Liszt: Sancta Caecilia
Liszt: Rosario (transcription by Eberhard Kraus) – 1. Mysteria Gaudiosa, 2. Mysteria Dolorosa, 3. Msyteria Gloriosa
Saint-Saёns: Prelude and Fugue in E major, Op. 99/3
Liszt: Le Crucifix I-II-III.
Liszt: Christus Oratorio, Part Three: Passion and Resurrection – O filii et filiae
Saint-Saёns: Offertoire pour orgue et cor chromatique
Saint-Saёns: Gloria Patri
Saint-Saёns: Ave Verum

intermission

Arvo Pärt: Annum per annum
Arvo Pärt: Es sang vor langen Jahren (‘Motet für de la Motte’)
Arvo Pärt: My Heart’s in the Highlands
Naji Hakim: Suite Rhapsodique (with eastern alternatim vocals)
Máté Balogh: İçtim rüzgarı/Ittam a szélben - excerpts

Judit Rajk (alto), Dóra Pétery (organ), Erzsébet Seleljo (saxophone)
Featuring: Oszkár Varga (violin), Dénes Ludmány (viola), Schola Academica and Female Choir of the Church Music Department of the Liszt Academy (artistic director: György Merczel)

Contrary to the majority of his piano works, the organ music of Ferenc Liszt was not conceived in the spirit of consummate, virtuoso keyboard skills; instead, the profound religiousness apparent from his teens, and from closer up the intimate relationship with Catholicism, are reflected in these works. The same goes for the series of church compositions defining his middle and late creative period, in which ceremony is rare – it is far more common to identify elements of devotion and a sense of Liszt being emotionally moved. This is what places the music of Liszt on a shared platform with the meditative compositions of the great contemporary composer Arvo Pärt. Works by the Estonia composer have recently generated increasing interest in Hungary. This is the occasion to examine two pieces from his oeuvre from a new angle. The programme is complemented from the side of Romanticism by works of Saint-Saëns, and on the 20th-21st century side by compositions of Hakim and Ducommun. Soloists are experienced in performing liturgical, religious works. Singer Judit Rajk and organist Dóra Pétery are frequent chamber partners, they both teach at the Church Music Department of the Liszt Academy, and the works on display suit their common musical language. They are joined by Erzsébet Seleljo saxophonist, former student of the Royal College of Music in London and Konservatorium Privatuniversität Wien, former doctoral student and teacher of the Liszt Academy.

The concert is followed by CODA – which is an informal conversation with the performers.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre

Tickets:

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

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