...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
Tomaž Sevšek & Barbara Kozelj

28 April 2021, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Organ in the Centre Spring 2021

Tomaž Sevšek & Barbara Kozelj Presented by Liszt Academy


Arnič: Concert Praeludium for Organ, Op. 9
Wolf: Spanisches Liederbuch – I. Geistliche Lieder (organ transcription by Max Reger)
Wolf: Mörike Songs – excerpts (organ transcription by Max Reger)
Reger: Chorale Fantasia ‘Wie schön leucht uns der Morgenstern’, Op. 40/1


Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder – excerpts (Tomaž Sevšek organ transcription)
J. S. Bach: Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 – 5. Ciaccona (Wilhelm Middelschulte organ transcription)
Reger: An die Hoffnung, Op. 124 (Tomaž Sevšek organ transcription)

Tomaž Sevšek (organ), Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano)

Two fine artists from neighbouring Slovenia arrive at the Liszt Academy’s Grand Hall with an exciting and somewhat unconventional programme. Tomaž Sevšek, who studied under Zsigmond Szathmáry, is an eminent and dedicated proponent of Romantic organ music, while his compatriot, mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj, is renowned for her hugely successful concerts given with Iván Fischer and other prominent conductors. The figure of Max Reger, the giant of organ music active around the turn of the century, looms large over the concert. Two of his major compositions are performed: a choral fantasia and a lied on a poem by Hölderlin, originally with orchestral accompaniment. The opening work is by Blaž Arnič, the leading Slovenian composer of the 20th century, followed by a selection from the marvellous lieders of Hugo Wolf in arrangements by Reger. Other special features of the recital are Wagner’s vibrant love song cycle and Bach’s deeply impressive variation series for violin.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre