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
Budapest Festival Orchestra

9 January 2022, 15.30-17.30

Grand Hall

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Orchestral concert: Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Handel

Program change

Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 473
A. Scarlatti: Piango, sospiro e peno – cantata
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Violins in A minor, RV 522 [Op. 3/8]
Vivaldi: Salve Regina, RV 618


Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo in D minor, RV 128
Händel: Admeto, re di Tessaglia, HWV 22 – Overture
Händel: “Orride larve… Chiudetevi, miei lumi” – Admetos’s recitativo and aria from the opera Admeto, re di Tessaglia, Act 1 HWV 22
Händel: “Se in fiorito ameno prato” – Julius Caesar’s aria from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Act 2, HWV 17
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Oboes in A minor, RV 536
Händel: “Tacerò, purchè fedele” – Otho’s aria from the opera Agrippina, Act 3, HWV 6
Händel: “Vivi, tiranno!” – Bertarido’s aria from the opera Rodelinda, regina deʼ Longobardi, Act 3, HWV 19

Christophe Dumaux (countertenor)
Andrea Bressan (bassoon)
Eszter Lesták Bedő, Ágnes Biró (violin)
Aviad Gershoni, Susanne Regel (oboe)
Sigrid T’Hooft (baroque gesture)
Costumes: Edit Zeke
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Jonathan Cohen

The BFO’s audience has been well aware since 2011 that whenever the name of Sigrid T’Hooft, one of the greatest experts of Baroque gesture, appears in the programme, they are in for some wonderful early music experience. This time, the authentic appearance and movement will be presented by Christophe Dumaux, whose voice was hailed as “bright, clear and strong” in a review in The New York Times, while he was described as “tall, trim and athletic: a natural on stage”. He has sung in Handel’s operas on the world’s greatest stages from the Vienna Staatsoper and La Scala in Milan to the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In addition to the opera arias, a beautiful cantata and a moving Marian hymn and concertos by Vivaldi will also be performed, conducted by Jonathan Cohen, a British master of Baroque music and a return conductor of the Festival Orchestra.

Presented by

Budapest Festival Orchestra


HUF 4 400, 5 500, 7 800, 9 000, 12 200