Music was and is an essential part of daily life in Hungary.

Sir Georg Solti
András Keller & Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra

25 March 2021, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Masters of the Orchestra

András Keller & Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra Presented by Liszt Academy

Bartók's Birthday


Bartók: Divertimento, BB 118
Shostakovich-Barsaj: Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a

Andrea Meláth, Gábor Bretz (vocals)
Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: András Keller

On the 140th anniversary of Béla Bartók's birth, the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra celebrates his life with a concert, performing an iconic work of the composer. Divertimento was commissioned by Paul Sacher, chief conductor of the Basel Chamber Orchestra, in 1939, two years after their highly successful performance of Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. The title of the piece and the character of the first and the last movement refer to the popular genre of the 18th century, and the juxtaposition of the soloist group and the orchestra follows the pattern of the Baroque concerto grosso. Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, composed in 1960, was intertwined with segments from his earlier works, as well as his frequently used musical motto, the D-E flat-C-B motif. The quartet is one of the most popular compositions by the Russian master to date, as evidenced by a number of transcripts, including a version arranged by conductor Rudolf Barshai, which is performed at the upcoming concert. The Adagietto part of the Symphony No. 5 is one of the most played pieces in Mahler’s oeuvre, the movement being a confession of love to his later wife, Alma.


Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


Dear Audience,

Due to the deterioriating pandemic situation, the management of the Liszt Academy has decided not to hold live broadcast concerts.

Thank you for your understanding!


This concert was supported, in line with the Government decree 1290/ 2020. (VI.5) related to cultural institutions, in order to ease the economic difficulties caused by the Covid19 pandemic.