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

4 June 2021, 19.45-22.00

Grand Hall

Budapest Festival Orchestra

New venue

Mendelssohn – Jörg Widmann: Andante
Jörg Widmann: Free pieces
Jörg Widmann: Con brio
Jörg Widmann: 180 beats per minute
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11

Festival Orchestra Budapest
Clarinet soloist and conductor: Jörg Widmann

As was expected in the 19th century, Mendelssohn was not only a composer but performance artist and conductor, too. Today, there are few such polymaths in music but Jörg Widmann is certainly one. For this recital he takes to the stage in all three capacities: conducting his own works and at the beginning of the concert as a soloist. The programme is bookended by two works of Mendelssohn who was just 15 but already formulating his own stylistic traits, while between them Widmann’s works focusing on abbreviated forms. The world-class clarinettist often selects material from music of the past, but he does so with such unaffectedness and conjures up such an original sound that we feel the result is both familiar and startlingly new. The first work in the Widmann bloc is the 10-movement Free Pieces, in which the movements concentrate on various acoustic phenomena. Con brio (2008) is a Beethoven homage while 180 Beats Per Minute was inspired by a techno rhythm.

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Budapest Festival Orchestra