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
Thomas Zehetmair & Concerto Budapest

12 February 2022, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Thomas Zehetmair & Concerto Budapest

Schumann: Phantasie for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 131
Berg: Violin Concerto

INTERMISSION

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B-flat minor, Op. 74 (‘Patetique’)

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)
Concerto Budapest
Conductor: András Keller

“To the memory of an angel.” This dedication appears in the score of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, which he was spurred into writing following the death of a close acquaintance in 1935: 19-year-old Manon, daughter of Alma Mahler and Walter Gropius. In fact, only a few months passed after completion of the concerto and Berg himself also departed this earthly realm: this was his final fully completed composition. The Violin Concerto is played with solo by brilliant Austrian artist Thomas Zehetmair, well known in Budapest as a violinist and indeed conductor. The other two pieces in the concert conducted by András Keller also represent the closing stages of their respective composers’ careers. Thus the Schumann fantasia for violin and orchestra dates from 1853, the year preceding the tragic collapse of the artist. The ‘Pathétique’ Symphony No. 6, which with the conclusion of the third movement often sparks – in a completely understandable way – applause from the audience, had its premiere in St. Petersburg in 1893. Pjotr Tchaikovsky, who conducted at this momentous evening, lived for a mere nine days after. In his own words, “... it comes into being as the best of my works. I love it as I have never loved any one of my musical offsprings before.”

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Concerto Budapest

Tickets:

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