The training I received at the Academy was difficult and at times harsh, but those who survived the experience emerged as real musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Honvéd Male Choir

24 March 2021, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Honvéd Male Choir



J. S. Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243
J. S. Bach – László Adrián Nagy: Jazznificat

Viktória Denk, András Adamik, Manuel B. Camino (vocals), Kornél Fekete-Kovács (trumpet), Sándor Zsemlye (saxophone)
Studio Choir Budapest
Honvéd Male Choir (choirmaster: Richárd Riederauer)
Hungarian Studio Orchestra

Honvéd Male Choir present their programme Magnificat/Jazznificat in the Liszt Academy on the eve of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat ranks as one of the most popular works of music of all time. This concert features it in its original form and in an unusual arrangement. Jazznificat is the transcription of Bach’s Magnificat by László Adrián Nagy, the Male Choir’s pianist-organist-répétiteur, in which the Bach themes are given a twist and spiced up with blues, funk, gospel and rock traits. Army Male Choir are joined by several superb jazz musicians and popular soloists.

And how did the arrangement come about? This is what the arranger László Adrián Nagy had to say: “Bach’s Magnificat is a veritable jewel box. Despite its relatively modest ‘dimensions’, it displays incredible musical, emotional and intellectual riches, all dressed in the most magnificent of Baroque music. On witnessing such perfection, one inevitably ponders: how would the maestro have written the same thing in a later age, in a different musical language? How would he have written it today? With other instruments, other musical tools, in another rhythm? The question is rhetorical, we will never know. We can only take a guess at the answer: it would be just as brilliant.”



Dear Audience,

Due to the deterioriating pandemic situation, the management of the Liszt Academy has decided not to hold live broadcast concerts between 8 and 24 March.

Thank you for your understanding!

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Honvéd Male Choir