From Liszt to Bartók • Bartók in Paris

  1. Bartók: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
  2. Ravel: Mother Goose (Péter Tornyai’s arrangement for string quintet)
  3. Szymanowski: Song Cycle
  4. Stravinsky: Septet
    Szilvia Vörös [3] – voice, Réka Baksai [2], Éva Osztrosits [1], József Rácz [4] – violin, Dénes Ludmány [4] – viola, György Déri [2], Tamás Zétényi [4] – cello, Zsófia Bíró [2] – flute, Balázs Rumy [2, 4] – clarinet, János Benyus [4] – horn, Bálint Fábry [4] – bassoon, József Balog [2, 3], Mihály Berecz [1, 4] – piano

“Only Schoenberg’s missing,” said eminent French musicologist and art historian Henry Prunières, editor-in-chief of the Revue Musicale, at a reception held in Paris in 1922 in honour of Bartók.

“Half the world’s premier composers were there, that is, Ravel, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, and a few notorious Frenchmen,” wrote Bartók to her mother a few days later. He also told her how they had to repeat the violin and piano sonata after dinner. Stravinsky, of course, liked the third movement best as being closest to him, while Ravel favoured the profound second movement; local critics declared the piece the most important composition to have been written for twenty years.

The other works performed at this concert are by composers who were present at this legendary evening.