Budapest Festival Orchestra 2

Budapest Festival Orchestra | Iván Fischer | soloists

Lisztes | Liszt | Brahms | de Sarasate | Schoenberg

Sun, 12.09. | 17.00 | No. 211338

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    Budapest Festival Orchestra 2

    Budapest Festival Orchestra | Iván Fischer | soloists

    Iván Fischer  conductor and host
    Jenö Lisztes
    Lajos Sárközi jr.
    László Ónodi

    and

    Rudolf Sárközi

    “Gipsy Band”

    József Lendvay  Violine

    "Brahms, Liszt, and “Gipsy Music”

    Jenö Lisztes
    Improvisation on the cimbalom
    Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
    Hungarian Rhapsody in C-sharp minor, S 359, No. 2
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Hungarian Dances WoO 1,  No. 1 in G minor
    Hungarian Dances WoO 1,  No. 6 in D minor
    played in alternation by the “Gipsy Band” and the Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Pablo de Sarasate (1844–1908)
    Zigeunerweisen op. 20
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Hungarian Dance WoO 1, no. 4
    arranged for a singing orchestra by Iván Fischer
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) / Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
    Andante con moto and Rondo alla zingarese from the Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

    Iván Fischer is a specialist in offbeat ideas. He will give yet another example of this with a finale program that promises to turn every-thing we’re accustomed to upside down. As his starting point, Fischer has chosen the music of the Roma from Hungary. This music caused a sensation in the 19th century, when it was known as “gypsy music” and influenced countless classical composers, including Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, and Pablo de Sarasate. Fischer calls it “one of the great cultural treasures of Europe.” The concert will have an unorthodox start with improvisations by Jenő Lisztes, likely today’s best-known virtuoso of the cimbalom (the Hungarian dulcimer). For Brahms’s Hungarian Dances, a second “orchestra” – a “gipsy band” – will suddenly appear onstage to perform these spirited pieces in its own way. What is authentic and what is merely “imitation”? And the mood will reach a boiling point when the Budapest Festival Orchestra not only plays but also sings Brahms’s Fourth Hungarian Dance. This ravishingly crazy finale is not to be missed!

    Budapest Festival Orchestra

    This year the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which was founded in 1983 by Iván Fischer and Zoltán Kocsis, celebrates its 30th anniversary. Already in its early years numerous renowned conductors and soloists collaborated with the Orchestra, such as Georg Solti, who served as Principal Guest Conductor until his death in the fall of 1997, Sándor Végh, András Schiff, the violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, and Gidon Kremer, and the pianists Radu Lupu and Richard Goode. The Budapest Festival Orchestra gives some forty concerts each season in its homeland; every September a Mahler Festival takes place in the Budapest Art Palace, and in February the Orchestra then presents a “concert marathon” which focuses on the oeuvre of a particular composer. The Budapest Festival Orchestra, which since 1992 has operated as an independent foundation, is a regular guest at the major festivals and in the great musical metropolises. It has performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the BBC Proms in London, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and the Prague Spring Festival. In August 2013 the Orchestra presented a production of Mozart’s Figaro, which Iván Fischer both staged and conducted, at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; in 2011 they performed Don Giovanni there. Besides appearances in such European cities as Turin, Paris, Geneva, Hamburg, Amsterdam, and Munich, the musicians will also tour in the 2013-14 season to give several concerts in China and Taiwan. Through its “Cocoa Concerts” the Budapest Festival Orchestra offers a successful series for children, while its midnight concerts regularly appeal to teens and twentysomethings.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1986 in works by Franz Liszt and Franz Schubert.

    July 2013

     

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    Iván Fischer

    Iván Fischer, who was born into a family of musicians in 1951 in Budapest, studied piano, violin, cello, and composition in his native city before completing his training as a conductor with Hans Swarowsky and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. After starting his professional career in Britain, he founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983, which he then led to international renown and of which he is still artistic director. He has also served as general music director of the Opéra de Lyon and principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. From 2012 to 2018, he helmed the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, which later appointed him honorary conductor. As a guest conductor, Fischer is primarily associated with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has been engaged as an opera conductor by the Vienna Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House in London, the Opéra national de Paris, and numerous other renowned companies. Fischer is also active as a stage director and has presented productions of Mozart operas as well as staged concerts. He founded the Vicenza Opera Festival in 2018. Fischer has moreover been a creative force in developing innovative concert formats, as in his invention of cocoa concerts for toddlers, midnight concerts for students, surprise concerts without a pre-announced program, and a series in which the audience is seated amid the orchestra. As a composer, Fischer has written chamber music, choral works, the music theater piece The Red Heifer, and the children’s opera The Gruffalo. Iván Fischer was awarded the Kossuth Prize, Hungary’s most significant cultural award, in 2006 and, in 2011, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. He is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, and an honorary citizen of Budapest.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1986 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in works by Liszt as well as Schubert.

    February 2019

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