Please allow me that, apart from my regrettable ignorance of the Hungarian language, I remain Magyar in my heart and soul from birth to the grave. As a consequence, I earnestly wish to further the progress of Hungarian music.

Liszt to Antal Augusz
Concerto Budapest

27 September 2019, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Concerto Budapest Presented by Liszt Academy

Season opening concert with László Fenyő

Liszt: Les Préludes – symphonic poem
Bartók–Serly: Viola Concerto, BB 128 (transcription by Tibor Serly for cello and orchestra)


Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

László Fenyő (cello)
Concerto Budapest
Conductor: András Keller


The opening work, Ferenc Liszt’s symphonic poem Les Préludes, was first performed at a concert in Weimar in 1854. Today, it is perhaps the composer’s best known and most popular piece after Rhapsody No. 2.

“I am very glad to be able to tell you that your viola concerto is ready in draft, so that only the score has to be written, which means a purely mechanical work, so to speak. If nothing happens I can be through in 5 or 6 weeks.” This is from a letter by Béla Bartók dated August 1945 to William Primrose, commissioner of the work, although the optimism proved tragically unfounded. The Viola Concerto was finally completed by Tibor Serly, who created the cello variation as well, which we hear with solo by Hungarian cellist László Fenyő, who ever since his triumph at the 2004 International Pablo Casals Violoncello Competition has toured the world. Finally, this Friday recital promises to be a witches’ Sabbath and, of course, a ball thanks to Berlioz’s Symphony fantastique.

Presented by

Concerto Budapest


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