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
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

4 December 2021, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Janáček: Taras Bulba
Smetana: Má vlast (My homeland) – 3. Šárka
Janáček: Jenufa – Jenufa’s aria and closing scene from Act 3
Smetana: Má vlast (My homeland) – 4. From Bohemian Fields and Groves
Janáček: Sinfonietta

Zsuzsanna Ádám, István Kovácsházi (vocals)
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: János Kovács

The Czech programme conducted by János Kovács primarily comprises symphonic poems. Originally, Janáček planned to give his remarkably orchestrated Sinfonietta such expressive movement titles as ‘The Mansion’ and ‘The Monastery’; his orchestral rhapsody Taras Bulba was inspired by a Gogol novel. At this recital, two ‘chapters’ of Smetana’s grandiose series comprising six symphonic poems (My Homeland) are performed. At the centre of the concert there is an opera scene which is exceptional not only in the opera oeuvre of Janáček: one rarely comes across such an disconcertingly uplifting moment in the entire genre. Zsuzsanna Ádám, award winner at the third Éva Marton International Singing Competition, received the invitation to perform as the special prize of the Hungarian Radio Music Ensembles.



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Hungarian Radio Art Groups


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