Our concert on the 13th of October will feature pieces by two renown contemporary Hungarian composers and masterpieces by Mozart, and will be conducted by Róbert Farkas at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music.
The connection between the works is that the pieces by contemporary composers are closely linked to the traditions of an earlier musical period, both in their themes and in their musical form.
Today Péter Eötvös is one of the world's most respected composers, music educators and conductors. He has received numerous national and international state awards and professional recognitions. He is considered one of the most important and influential figures of contemporary music. His Cello Concerto Grosso was premiered in Berlin in 2011 by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The cello concerto was commissioned by five major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchestrer Zürich, the Bergen Symphony Orchestra of Norway, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra of Canada and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra of South Korea. A special feature of the work is that, in addition to the cello soloist, the cellists of the symphony orchestra also engages in a dialogue with the orchestra, as it is implied by the title Concerto grosso. The guest soloist is the cellist István Várdai, winner of several prestigious international prizes and currently one of the most frequently employed cellists in the world. In addition to his successful solo career, he is also a professor at the Vienna Conservatory of Music.
Dubrovay László has composed opera, dance, orchestral, choral and electronic musical pieces. He considers his ballet ‘Faust the Damned’ to be one of his most important and monumental works, which was commissioned by the Hungarian State Opera in 1995. Its story follows the Part One and Part Two of Goethe's Faust. The ballet was premiered in 2016 at the Budapest Spring Festival. He has composed four orchestral suites from the material of the ballet, which have also been released on record and can be performed in concert halls. This evening, our orchestra will perform the first suite.
These two exciting contemporary pieces will be preceded Mozart the popular ouverture to Mozart's opera ‘The Magic Flute’, which was premiered in Vienna on September 30, 1791, under Mozart's baton. Mozart concert will be concluded with Mozart's most personal symphony, the Symphony No. 40 in G minor.
The concert, titled Music of the Ages Róbert Farkas, the Chief Conductor of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra, who completed his studies in Berlin after graduating from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. In addition to symphony orchestras in Hungary, he is a frequent guest conductor of several major German opera houses.