Please allow me that, apart from my regrettable ignorance of the Hungarian language, I remain Magyar in my heart and soul from birth to the grave. As a consequence, I earnestly wish to further the progress of Hungarian music.

Liszt to Antal Augusz
Kálmán Strausz 70

1 June 2021, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Kálmán Strausz 70


Péter Tóth: Divine hell (world premiere)


Honegger: Jeanne dʼArc au bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake)

Emma Kiss, Pál Oberfrank, Ferenc Kozári, Gábor Máté P. (prose)
Edina Bernáth-Kersák, Renáta Németh, Gabriella Busa, István Horváth, Jenő Dékán, István Kovács (vocals)
Hungarian Radio Children's Choir (choirmaster: Soma Dinyés)
Studio Choir Budapest
Hungarian Army Male Choir
Szeged Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kálmán Strausz

Divine Hell as described by its author, composer Péter Tóth: “Ferenc Baranyi’s poetic work, Divine Hell, derives from his own new Dante translation and verses by medieval poets. I made several starts on setting the love drama of Paolo and Francesca to music, but I did not feel that the music I had completed was authentic. When Kálmén Strausz unexpectedly commissioned me to compose a cantata, I immediately knew that the libretto could be none other than that particular libretto. The work took off and in just a few months the 30-minute cantata was ready, complete with operatic elements, in which only men sing either solo or as a choir alongside the single female vocal.” Joan of Arc at the Stake is an unusual work hallmarked by the profoundly Catholic Paul Claudel and the Protestant Arthur Honegger. The fundamental lesson of the work written for a vast musical apparatus and two prose actors is that however irretrievable the situation may appear, faith in God and a burning patriotism are sufficient in themselves to rouse a nation. The originally French libretto is performed in a translation by István Raics. There are sounds of plainchant, medieval secular music, a march, French folk and children’s songs in the musical fabric.

Presented by

Budapest Studio Choir Foundation, Honvéd Ensemble