...a country (Hungary) whose population, even today, is barely over ten million has produced so many musicians and so much outstanding music. I am grateful for having been born and trained there.

Sir Georg Solti
Zygmunt Krauze Piano Recital – Works by Polish composers

30 March 2022, 19.00-21.00

Solti Hall

Here and Now Spring 2022

Zygmunt Krauze Piano Recital – Works by Polish composers

Lutosławski: Folk Melodies (with improvisation)
Szymanowski: Prelude and Fugue C-sharp minor (with improvisation)
Paderewski: Miscellanea, Op. 16 – Nocturne No. 4 in B-flat major (with improvisation)
Chopin: Mazurka in A minor, Op. 67/4 (with improvisation)
Sikorski: Hymnos
Schaeffer: Non-Stop
Zygmunt Krauze: Nightmare Tango; Refrain; Stone Music

Zygmunt Krauze (piano)

Zygmunt Krauze ranks as one of today’s best known Polish composers, although he has gained a reputation not only through his own compositions but also as a pianist performing in the concert halls of Europe, America and Asia. At the invitation of Pierre Boulez, he was appointed artistic advisor to IRCAM in 1982 and he headed the Polish chamber ensemble Warsztat Muzyczny (which he founded) for 25 years. His achievements have been acknowledged with several French and Polish state honours. This Budapest concert features his own works and pieces by 20th century Polish composers. To this day, Fryderyk Chopin remains the single towering figure of Polish music: his folk-inspired works created the foundations of Polish national music. His oeuvre had a huge influence on turn-of-the-century Polish artists, among them Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who himself composed primarily Romantic piano pieces, and Karol Szymanowski, who was intensely preoccupied with the idea of further developing the national style. Although Witold Lutosławski struck a completely individualistic tone in his own works, in his youth folk music left a deep impression on him. For the first half of the concert, Zygmunt Krauze supplements works with his own improvizations and then after the intermission he performs not only own works but a piece each by two composers little known in Hungary, Tomasz Sikorski and Bogusław Schaeffer.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre, Polish Institute

Supporter:

Mickiewicz Istitute

Tickets:

HUF 1 900, 2 900

Concert series:

Here and Now Spring 2022