The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti

20 November 2021, 16.00-17.00

Cupola Hall - In Search of Lost Time Presented by Liszt Academy

Chamber music festival of the Liszt Academy

Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 23
Kristóf Baráti (violin), Dénes Várjon (piano)
Saint-Saëns: String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 153
Korossy String Quartet: Csongor Korossy-Khayll, Kristóf Tóth (violin), Éva Osztrosits (viola), Gergely Devich (cello)

Artistic directors: Izabella Simon and Dénes Várjon

Remembrance is one of the key motifs of this year’s And Saturday is, perhaps, the day of greatest remembrance of the festival: from a children’s programme about the beginning of time to a gala recital remembering a legendary pianist. Between the two, signs of remembrance are to be discovered in the (by now traditional) concert arranged in Dome Room. For example, what sort of image do we retain of Beethoven? How do we remember him on the basis of music history descriptions? As an unsociable, surly, eccentric, deaf genius who composed exclusively ‘robust’ works. Contrary to this picture, his ‘Spring’ sonata is pure light and humour. The A minor violin and piano sonata written as its counterpart paints a passionate and impulsive picture of Beethoven, who himself gives a nod to the Baroque era with the fugue set in the middle movement. Saint-Saëns, an artist of great importance for Proust, makes reference to the First Viennese School: in 1918, the Great War was still fresh in people’s minds, despite which (or precisely because of this) he evokes the tonality of Mozart’s string quartets with his own aethereal quartet.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


HUF 1 900