Music was and is an essential part of daily life in Hungary.

Sir Georg Solti
József Lendvay, Kálmán Oláh, János Balázs

18 February 2020, 19.30-23.00

Grand Hall

Cziffra Festival 2020

József Lendvay, Kálmán Oláh, János Balázs


Paganini: Caprice in G minor, Op. 1/6 (‘The Trill’)
Liszt: Paganini-Etude No. 1 in G minor
Kálmán Oláh: Paganini-Etude in G minor 
Paganini: Caprice in E-flat major, Op. 1/17
Liszt: Paganini-Etude No. 2 in E-flat major
Kálmán Oláh: Paganini-Etude in E-flat major  
Paganini: Caprice in E major, Op. 1/1
Liszt: Paganini-Etude No. 4 in E major
Kálmán Oláh: Paganini-Etude in E major 
Paganini: Caprice in E major, Op. 1/9 (‘Hunt’)
Liszt: Paganini-Etude No. 5 in E major (‘La chasse’)
Kálmán Oláh: Paganini-Etude in E major 
Paganini: Caprice in A minor, Op. 1/24
Liszt: Paganini-Etude No. 6 in A minor (‘Thème et variations’)
Lutosławski: Variations on a Theme by Paganini
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7 – 3. Rondo à la clochette (‘La campanella’)

József Lendvay (violin), Kálmán Oláh, János Balázs (piano)
Host: Ádám Bősze

The ‘Devil’s violinist’, as he was known even in his own lifetime, entered the hall of immortal fame in music history not only in his own right but also via Liszt. Paganini so bewitched the 20-something piano virtuoso that he composed an entire series of etudes – six in all – to his famous Caprices. When in 1832 Liszt first heard Paganini during the latter’s second Paris tour, he wrote to a student: “I practice 4-5 hours a day! If I don’t go completely mad, you will discover an artist in me. ‘And I, too, am a painter!’ cried Michelangelo the first time he beheld a chef d’oeuvre. Although insignificant and poor, your friend cannot leave off repeating those words of the great man ever since Paganini’s last performance. What a man, what a violin, what an artist! God, what suffering, what misery, what tortures in those four strings!” What Liszt could do 200 years ago, what is there to stop a pianist doing today? The question is not totally rhetorical, since at the concert we can instantly view Paganini’s original works in two mirrors: pianist János Balázs plays the Liszt etudes and Kálmán Oláh, one of the finest improvizational jazz pianists in the country, his own arrangements. Before the performance of these two artists, violinist József Lendvay tackles the original Caprices in a way that would make Paganini himself jealous.



Presented by

Besszer Concert


MVM Hungarian Electricity Private Limited Company (MVM Zrt.)


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