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
Concerto Budapest – Première II

15 February 2020, 22.00-22.30

Grand Hall

Concerto Budapest – Première II

Veress Sándor - Heinz Holliger

Veress: Respublika Overture
Debussy: Trois Poèmes de Mallarmé (Heinz Holliger's transcription)

Andrea Brassói-Jőrös (soprano)
Concerto Budapest
Conductor: Heinz Holliger

“I consider it my great fortune that when I was 14 he started to work with me. [...] We had a very close relationship. Indeed, I received a work from him: the Passacaglia concertante, which I learned with him. He attended many performances. I frequently conducted his works; he came to the rehearsals and the concert, and expressed his views of the performance very clearly.” In one of his interviews, Heinz Holliger, the best known and greatest devotee of the art of Sándor Veress, recalled the character of the Hungarian composer. In this concert, Holliger conducts the 1948 Respublika Overture. The piece was composed for the centenary of the 1848 Revolution shortly before the artist emigrated to and settled in Switzerland. Therefore, the composer was unable to receive the Kossuth Prize, which was conferred on him partly because of this very work. ▪ Debussy’s three songs with piano accompaniment, written to the verses of Mallarmé in 1913, will be performed in the second part of the concert. The Debussy work is a 2016 arrangement for orchestra and baritone by Holliger, who is also active as a composer, and precedes the Veress overture in the programme.

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