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

21 December 2020, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Concerto Budapest

Streamed onlyProgram changePerformer change

Anonymus (attrib. Händel): Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3/4b – 1. Andante–Allegro, 2. Andante
Gábor Devecsai, Balázs Pecze, Dénes Seidl, Benedek Szászi (trumpet), Ákos Galla, Nándor Kasza, Gábor Pap, Róbert Stürzenbaum (trombone), Hunor Varga (horn), Tibor Takács (tuba)
Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25 – Trio from the oratorio
Orsolya Kaczander, Szabolcs Szilágyi (flute), Lenka Petrović (harp)
Tchaikovsky – János Balázs: Paraphrase on The Nutcracker
Liszt: Deux légendes – 2. St. Francis Walking on the Waves
János Balázs (piano)
Mozart: Flute Quartet in D major, K. 285
Orsolya Kaczander (fuvola), András Keller (violin), László Móré (viola), Eszter Karasszon (cello)
J. S. Bach: Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Harpsichord in C minor, BWV 1017 – 1. Largo
Schubert: Ave Maria, D. 839 (transcription for violin and piano)
András Keller (violin), János Balázs (piano)
Debussy: Danse – Tarentelle styrienne (transcription by Aurél Holló)
Boglárka Fábry, Tibor Éles, Dzsanda Vitalij, Dániel Janca (percussion)
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70
Janka Szomor-Mekis (viola), Ákos Takács (cello)
Keller Quartet: András Keller, Zsófia Környei (violin), Gábor Homoki (viola), László Fenyő (cello)
Chris Hazell: Three Brass Cats – 1. Mr. Jums
Gábor Devecsai, Balázs Pecze, Dénes Seidl, Benedek Szászi (trumpet), Ákos Galla, Nándor Kasza, Gábor Pap (trombone), Hunor Varga (horn), Tibor Takács (tuba)

Our ensemble's long-established tradition of a Christmas concert is an unmissable event as we approach the feast of Nativity, even if this year, we are sadly forced to present it to the audience online. Exceptionally, instead of the usual Tchaikovsky programme scored for a full symphony orchestra, at this Christmastide, we have compiled a programme that doesn't only accommodate to the pandemic situation that accompanied the entire year but also reflects the spiritual message of Christmas. The compositions scored for smaller apparatuses promise a representative assortment ranging from Handel's anthem to the unmissable element of Christmas Concerts, Tchaikovsky's string sextet, Souvenir de Florence. The event's representative nature is also underlined by the fact that the performers taking to the stage each represent the various sections and instrument groups of Concerto Budapest, spanning from the brasses' Handel package to the percussionists' Debussy performance. The presence of our returning guest musician, the Kossuth Prize-winning pianist János Balázs, is also a key ingredient of the event's success. He will evoke a traditionally Christmassy composition, The Nutcracker, with his self-composed paraphrase on the piece. This time, the music director of Concerto Budapest, András Keller will not guarantee the unique joy of the end-of-season concert of the orchestra as its conductor but as a chamber musician and as 1st violinist of Keller Quartet.

 

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