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
Neeme Järvi, Anna Shelest & Concerto Budapest

15 May 2020, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Neeme Järvi, Anna Shelest & Concerto Budapest


Glazunov: Concert Waltz No. 1, Op. 47
Rubinstein: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 35
Glazunov: Concert Waltz No. 2, Op. 51
Rimszkij-Korszakov: Symphony No. 2, Op. 9 (‘Antar’)

Anna Shelest (piano)
Concerto Budapest
Conductor: Neeme Järvi

One of the doyens of today’s conductors is 82-year-old Neeme Järvi, the two sons of whom, Paavo and Kristjan, also belong to the international top echelon of conductors. He arrives in Hungary with a special 19th century Russian programme. Furthermore, he introduces the Ukrainian pianist Anna Shelest (currently resident in America); they have done much to promote the fine piano concertos of Anton Rubinstein at concerts and on recordings. This time the programme features the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major (1851): the solo part demands a flamboyant and true virtuoso (after all, Rubinstein intended it for himself). ▪ Glazunov’s two orchestral concert waltzes also rank among the more spectacular numbers while the Rimsky-Korsakov composition, Antar, a work titled at different times ‘symphony’ and ‘symphonic suite’, is nearly as rare a visitor in Hungarian concert halls as the piano concertos of Rubinstein. The ‘title role’ of the work is a legendary Arabian warrior and poet, but the gazelle and the fairy queen of Palmyra inspiring the symphony also make an appearance.



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Concerto Budapest


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