The training I received at the Academy was difficult and at times harsh, but those who survived the experience emerged as real musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Erdődy Chamber Orchestra

8 June 2021, 19.30-21.00

Grand Hall

Erdődy Chamber Orchestra Presented by Liszt Academy

1948

Streamed only

Sugár: Divertimento
Weinberg: Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 42
Szervánszky: Serenade for Strings
Bacewicz: Concerto for String Orchestra

Zsolt Szefcsik (violin)
Erdődy Chamber Orchestra (artistic director: Zsolt Szefcsik)

1948 – a famous and infamous year in Hungarian history, the “year of the turn”, while it also brought about a fierce struggle against ‘formalism’ in the music life of the Soviet state and coalescing Eastern bloc. Tonight’s programme offers a representative selection of Hungarian, Polish and Russian compositions from the musical harvest of this troubled year, at the same time showing up the evident contradictions. After the work by Rezső Sugár, a student of Kodály, we hear Mieczysław Weinberg’s Concertino that was dragged into a cultural policy war being fought by Soviet ideologist Andrei Zhdanov. The solo is played by Zsolt Szefcsik. In the wake of the String Serenade by Endre Szervánszky who in 1948 was also a music critic on the daily Szabad Nép, the concert closes with the Concerto of Grazyna Bacewicz who was a leading violinist of her day. The composer was presented with an award from the Polish state for this composition.

 
 
 
 
 
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