Liszt is to piano playing what Euclid is to geometry.

Alan Walker
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

8 February 2022, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Dohnányi Series/3

Respighi: Concerto gregoriano
Puccini: Messa di Gloria

Ádám Banda (violin), Attila Fekete, Miklós Sebestyén (vocals)
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)
Conductor: José Cura

Ottorino Respighi’s Violin Concerto, the Concerto gregoriano, was written in 1922 and just three years later it was performed under the baton of the composer himself in Budapest. A music critic of the daily Pesti Hírlap considered that Respighi was a virtuoso musical colourist, a superb orchestrator in grandiose effects, who was complex even in his simplicity. As a conductor, he was delicate and elegant, aethereal and sublime. The piece reappeared in Budapest in 1933 and interestingly, similarly to this Radio Orchestra and José Cura concert, a liturgical work (Ernő Dohnányi: Szeged Mass) also appeared on the programme. This time around it is Puccini’s work from his youth; elements of Messa di Gloria may be familiar from his later operas such as Manon Lescaut and Tosca.

Presented by

Hungarian Radio Art Groups

Tickets:

HUF 3 500, 4 000, 5 000, 6 000