Concerts

Concerts in the past

22. January
2018
19:00

Haydn/Kurtág

CEU, Oktober Hall 1051 Budapest, V. kerület, Október 6. utca 7.

Haydn/Kurtág

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Haydn/Kurtág

January 22. 2018 19:00

Haydn: C-dúr vonósnégyes , op. 76, no. 3 (“Kaiserquartett”)
Kurtág: Hommage a Mihály András (12 mikroludium vonósnégyesre)

Kurtág: Játékok zongorára
Haydn
: Zongoraszonáták

Németh András – zongora
Classicus Quartet
Rácz József, Baksai Réka, Tornyai Péter, Zétényi Tamás

27. January
2018
18:00

Das Wohltemperierte Streichquartett – 1.) Introductory concert

BMC, Nagyterem Budapest, Mátyás u. 8, 1093

Haydn: String Quartet in C-major, op. 76, no. 3 (“Kaiserquartett”)
Kurtág: Hommage a Mihály András (12 Microludiums for String Quartet)

Bartók: String Quartet No. 1.

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Das Wohltemperierte Streichquartett – 1.) Introductory concert

January 27. 2018 18:00

Haydn: C-dúr vonósnégyes , op. 76, no. 3 (“Kaiserquartett”)
Kurtág: Hommage a Mihály András (12 mikroludium vonósnégyesre)

Bartók: 1. vonósnégyes

 

19. February
2018
19:00

Terry Riley: In C

CEU, Oktober Hall 1051 Budapest, V. kerület, Október 6. utca 7.

Join Classicus Ensemble for Terry Riley’s iconic piece, In C.

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Terry Riley: In C

February 19. 2018 19:00

5. March
2018
19:00

Mozart, Schubert, Janácek

CEU, Oktober Hall 1051 Budapest, V. kerület, Október 6. utca 7.

Mozart, Schubert, Janácek

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Mozart, Schubert, Janácek

March 5. 2018 19:00

Mozart: String Quartet in C-major K. 465 („Dissonanzenquartett”)
Schubert: Quartettsatz, D.703

Janácek: String Quartet No. 2. (‘Intimate Letters’)

3. April
2018
17:00

From Liszt to Bartók • Decomposition of tonality

Zeneakadémia, Solti terem 1061, Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 9

Wagner-Liszt

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From Liszt to Bartók • Decomposition of tonality

April 3. 2018 17:00
  1. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (A. Pringsheim’s arrangement for piano quintet)
  2. Liszt: La lugubre gondola, S. 200/2
  3. Liszt: La lugubre gondola, S. 200/1
  4. Liszt: R. W. – Venezia, S. 201
  5. Liszt: Am Grabe Richard Wagners, S. 135
  6. Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 2
  7. Bartók: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Sz. 76
    Featuring:
    Andrea Brassói-Jőrös [6] – voice, Júlia Pusker [4, 5, 7], Lisa Romain [1], Tóth Kristóf [1, 4, 5] – violin, Péter Tornyai – viola [1, 4, 5], Tamás Zétényi – cello [1, 2, 4, 5], Balázs Demény [2, 3, 4, 5], Júlia Hámos [1, 7] – piano, Classicus Quartet [6]
    The members of Classicus Quartet:
    József Rácz, Réka Baksai – violin, Péter Tornyai – viola, Tamás Zétényi – cello
3. April
2018
19:30

From Liszt to Bartók • The influence of folk music

Zeneakadémia, Solti terem 1061, Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 9.

Liszt – Ravel – Bartók – Janácek

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From Liszt to Bartók • The influence of folk music

April 3. 2018 19:30
  1. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9
  2. Ravel: Tzigane
  3. Hungarian folk songs:
  4. Bartók: Eight Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs – for piano, Op. 20
  5. Janáček: String Quartet No. 2
  6. Bartók: Sonata
    Featuring:
    Réka Annus [3] – voice, Ágnes Langer [1, 2] – violin, Tamás Zétényi [1] – cello, Balázs Demény [6], János Palojtay [1, 2, 4] – piano, Classicus Quartet [5]
    The members of Classicus Quartet:
    József Rácz, Réka Baksai – violin, Péter Tornyai – viola, Tamás Zétényi – cello

Liszt still considered Gypsy music as the authentic form of folk music, and paraphrased it in his Hungarian Rhapsodies as the apotheosis of “exotic virtuosity.” They are not unlike the “Spanish capriccios” of various composers, of which Ravel’s Tzigane is an example.

As he learned more and more about peasant music, Bartók recognized the power of simplicity, the pure brilliance polished perfect over the centuries. The original folk songs and the Improvisations based on them will be performed at the concert one after the other. Like Bartók, the Moravian Leoš Janáček drew inspiration from folk music. Though he did not paraphrase concrete material, his works shimmer with the aura of folk art.

7. April
2018
17:00

From Liszt to Bartók • Impressionism

Zeneakadémia, Solti terem 1061, Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 9.

Liszt – Ravel – Debussy – Kodály – Bartók

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From Liszt to Bartók • Impressionism

April 7. 2018 17:00
  1. Liszt: Années de Pélerinage III – Fountains of Villa d’Este
  2. Ravel: Jeux d’eau
  3. Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
  4. Kodály: Méditation sur un motif de Claude Debussy
  5. Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses – Funérailles
  6. Bartók: Four Orchestral Pieces (László Sándor’s arrangement)
    Featuring:
    Réka Baksai [6], Éva Osztrosits [6] – violin, Dénes Ludmány [6] – viola, György Déri [6] – cello, Balázs Rumy [6] – clarinet, József Balog [1, 5], Júlia Hámos [2], István Lajkó [4, 6] – piano, Classicus Quartet [3]
    The members of Classicus Quartet:
    József Rácz, Réka Baksai – violin, Péter Tornyai – viola, Tamás Zétényi – cello

Liszt had considerable influence on the French moderns, especially Debussy and Ravel. Some of the compositions – like Liszt’s poetic vision of the fountains of Villa d’Este, and Ravel’s Fountain – sound like they were made in the same “studio.” “The undeniable beauty of Liszt’s composition results,” wrote Debussy, “from the exclusive nature of his love for music, which allowed room for no other sentiments.”

It was not only directly but also through French music that Liszt affected the two greatest figures of Hungarian modernism, Kodály and Bartók. The works at this concert allow us to trace this curious network of influences.

Bartók came closest to the French masters of Impressionism with Four Orchestral Pieces. The fourth movement is the famous funeral march; with it, and Liszt’s Funérailles, the concert pays tribute to Zoltán Kocsis, who worked remarkably hard to popularize the art of Bartók and Liszt.

7. April
2018
19:30

From Liszt to Bartók • Bartók in Paris

Zeneakadémia, Solti terem 1061, Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 9.

Bartók, Ravel, Szymanowski, Stravinsky

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From Liszt to Bartók • Bartók in Paris

April 7. 2018 19:30
  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
    Featuring:
    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.

28. April
2018
18:00

Das Wohltemperierte Streichquartett: C

BMC, Nagyterem Budapest, Mátyás u. 8, 1093

Mozart: String Quartet in C-major K. 465 („Dissonanzenquartett”)
Szigeti Máté: Second Movement

Schubert: Quartettsatz, D.703
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8

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Das Wohltemperierte Streichquartett: C

April 28. 2018 18:00

Mozart: String Quartet in C-major K. 465 („Dissonanzenquartett”)
Szigeti Máté: Second Movement

Schubert: Quartettsatz, D.703
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8