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Sir Georg Solti
Respire #3 – Arban, Debussy, Schumann

21 August 2020, 18.00-19.00

Grand Hall

Festival Academy 2020

Respire #3 – Arban, Debussy, Schumann

Streamed only

Arban: Fantaisie and Variations on The Carnival of Venice
Gábor Boldoczki (trumpet), Balázs Fülei (piano)
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Noémi Győri (flute); Máté Szűcs (viola); Andrea Vigh (harp)
János Pilinszky: Apokrif
Judit Pogány (actress)
Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
Kelemen Festival Quartet: Barnabás Kelemen, Katalin Kokas, Daniel Rowland (violin, viola), Maja Bodanović (cello)

The third event of Festival Academy Budapest commences with a real hit, the variation series written by the 19th century French trumpet virtuoso and music educator, Jean-Baptiste Arban (1825–1889). The main theme is a Neapolitan folk tune, which was first arranged and popularised by violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini under the title Carnival of Venice. The composition, which requires superior technical skills, is performed by Gábor Boldoczki. Following Arban’s piece, we’ll veer onto more emotional ground: Debussy’s uniquely orchestrated Trio Sonata will be staged by Noémi Győri, Máté Szűcs and Andrea Vígh. It is a late composition with an abstract musical texture pointing towards the future, yet its structure and numerous gestures are rooted in French Baroque music. Schumann’s String Quartet in A minor is also a versatile piece, which was dedicated to Mendelssohn and made its debut on his wife Clara’s 23rd birthday. It evokes Haydn, the „founding father” of the genre, explores the abstract polyphony which characterises Beethoven’s later compositions, and it represents the harmonies and musical expression of his own era, Romanticism. The performance of this piece will be the debut of the Kelemen-Rowland-Kokas- Bogdanović quartet: two couples – four worldclass string players.

Before the concert, musicologist Gergely Fazekas will give a lecture in connection with the concert programme from 5.30 pm. The performance can be attended with a ticket purchased for the 6 pm concert.

Presented by

Festival Academy Budapest


HUF 1 000