The least important are not forbidden to dream of great things, and even modestly to aim at them, according to the measure of their abilities.

Liszt to Antal Augusz
Erdődy Chamber Orchestra

8 June 2021, 19.30-21.00

Grand Hall

Erdődy Chamber Orchestra Presented by Liszt Academy

1948

Streamed only

Sugár: Divertimento
Weinberg: Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 42
Szervánszky: Serenade for Strings
Bacewicz: Concerto for String Orchestra

Zsolt Szefcsik (violin)
Erdődy Chamber Orchestra (artistic director: Zsolt Szefcsik)

1948 – a famous and infamous year in Hungarian history, the “year of the turn”, while it also brought about a fierce struggle against ‘formalism’ in the music life of the Soviet state and coalescing Eastern bloc. Tonight’s programme offers a representative selection of Hungarian, Polish and Russian compositions from the musical harvest of this troubled year, at the same time showing up the evident contradictions. After the work by Rezső Sugár, a student of Kodály, we hear Mieczysław Weinberg’s Concertino that was dragged into a cultural policy war being fought by Soviet ideologist Andrei Zhdanov. The solo is played by Zsolt Szefcsik. In the wake of the String Serenade by Endre Szervánszky who in 1948 was also a music critic on the daily Szabad Nép, the concert closes with the Concerto of Grazyna Bacewicz who was a leading violinist of her day. The composer was presented with an award from the Polish state for this composition.

 
 
 
 
 
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