...a country (Hungary) whose population, even today, is barely over ten million has produced so many musicians and so much outstanding music. I am grateful for having been born and trained there.

Sir Georg Solti
Respire #4 – Schumann, Beethoven

21 August 2020, 20.00-21.00

Grand Hall

Festival Academy 2020

Respire #4 – Schumann, Beethoven

Streamed only

Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48 
Attila Erdős (tenor), Péter Nagy (piano)
Attila József: Balatonszárszó
Judit Pogány (actress)
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59/3 ('Razumovsky')
Kelemen Festival Quartet: Barnabás Kelemen, Katalin Kokas, Daniel Rowland (violin, viola), Maja Bodanović (cello)

Schumann’s hypersensitive song cycle sets all layers of Heinrich Heine’s poetry to music with a fascinating virtuosity: the complexity concealed by the simple surface, the emotional world of Romanticism and Heine’s renowned irony. The cycle that covers the birth of romantic love, its peak and finally its tragic end, which is expressed by a grand-scale funeral march, is sung by Attila Erdős, the young baritone of the Hungarian State Opera and Péter Nagy, professor of the Liszt Academy and Musikhochschule Stuttgart. Beethoven’s voluminous chamber music composition, String Quartet in C major, written in his so-called „heroic” period is a just as weighty piece as Schumann’s song cycle. Beethoven dedicated this quartet, No 3 of op. 59, to Count Razumovsky. The piece was composed at the same time as Symphony No.5, and it therefore oozes similar energies, if it is interpreted by the excellent Kelemen–Rowland–Kokas–Bogdanovic quartet.

Before the concert, musicologist Gergely Fazekas will give a lecture in connection with the concert programme from 7.30 pm. The performance can be attended with a ticket purchased for the 8 pm concert.

Presented by

Festival Academy Budapest


HUF 1 000