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
Bach: Christmas Oratorio

23 December 2020, 19.30-20.45

Grand Hall

Bach: Christmas Oratorio Presented by Liszt Academy

(Stream of the concert recorded on 22 December 2017)

Streamed only

J. S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

Louise Kemény (soprano), Maarten Engeltjes (countertenor), James Gilchrist (tenor), Andreas Wolf (bass)
Concerto Köln and the Netherlands Chamber Choir
Conductor: Peter Dijkstra

The Nederlands Kamerkoor celebrate the birth of the Saviour every year with a performance of the Christmas Oratorio. They performed it most recently, in December 2016, together with two ensembles of very different styles, the Belgian B’Rock and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Trevor Pinnock. The distinguished choir with a past going back over 75 years have for decades been considered one of the leading ensembles in global concert life, while critics in the world’s press often commend them for their astonishingly homogenous sound and incredible quality of the singers who often undertake solo roles. The choir turned up at the Liszt Academy in the company of Concerto Köln, a top formation in early music performance. Over the past 30 years the German orchestra have appeared alongside the elite of soloists and conductors. They have put together over 70 studio, concert and opera recordings, in the process winning dozens of top European record prizes. Most recently, huge response was generated by an opera rarity DVD recording (Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse), in which the greatest countertenor singers of our day appear: Philippe Jaroussky, Franco Fagioli, Max Emanuel Cenčić and Valer Sabadus.

 

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