The least important are not forbidden to dream of great things, and even modestly to aim at them, according to the measure of their abilities.

Liszt to Antal Augusz
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

10 February 2020, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Tamás Vásáry's Schumann Cycle 3

Schumann: Overture to Goethe's Hermann und Dorothea, Op. 136
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Balázs Fülei (piano)
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Tamás Vásáry

Goethe’s monumental epic poem Hermann and Dorothea was one of the poet’s most popular works in the 19th century. In the background is the French Revolution, which Goethe portrays with an ironic detachment; its hero, Hermann, is a young citizen who goes against the wishes of his parents in remaining faithful to the love of his life, Dorothea, who is fleeing the worst of the uprising. The girl’s soul is not only troubled by being forced into fleeing her home but also by the martyrdom of her fiancé in Paris: can she really begin a new life in a foreign country alongside a stranger? Schumann composed an overture to the Goethe poem, at astonishing speed if we are to believe his diary entries, and at roughly the same time as he was working on Symphony No. 4. The musical connection between the two works is unmistakable and as so often in Schumann’s work, the not so hidden strands all lead back to his wife, Clara.

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