...a country (Hungary) whose population, even today, is barely over ten million has produced so many musicians and so much outstanding music. I am grateful for having been born and trained there.

Sir Georg Solti
János Rolla & Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra/2

29 March 2020, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Masters of the Orchestra

János Rolla & Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra/2 Presented by Liszt Academy

Time change

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross, Hob. XX:2

Narrator: Károly Mécs
Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
Alma Mater Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)
Concertmaster: János Rolla
Conductor: Gergely Ménesi, Csaba Somos

The origins of Haydn’s oratorio are somewhat complicated. In 1786, the composer received a commission from the city of Cádiz in southwest Spain: he was asked to compose an orchestral work for the service on Good Friday. There are seven musical meditations between the introductory movement and the ‘earthquake’ ending – these correspond to the Seven Words of Jesus on the Cross. Nearly ten years later, in the mid-1790s, Haydn made an oratorio arrangement from the series. The libretto in German was compiled by Dutch-Austrian diplomat and official Gottfried van Swieten, one of the famous patrons of the composers of the First School of Vienna. ▪ The concert features students of the Liszt Academy: during 2020, the Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra take to the stage in three concerts under the leadership of János Rolla, Kossuth Prize violinist, in the framework of the Masters of the Orchestra series. On this second occasion, the ensemble are complemented by the mixed choir of the university. Students give a recital of the grandiose work by the Viennese master under the baton of choirmaster teacher Csaba Somos, and leader of the university’s symphony orchestra, Gergely Ménesi.




Dear Audience,

We regret to inform our you that the 29 March 2020 date of the conert of János Rolla & Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra has been changed! The concert will be held 18 September 2020 7:30 pm at the Grand Hall with the same programme! Tickets and season tickets purchased for 29 March 2020 are valid for 18 September 2020.

Thank you for your kind understanding!

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


HUF 1 500, 2 300, 3 100, 3 900