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

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021




    Budapest Festival Orchestra 2

    Budapest Festival Orchestra | Iván Fischer | soloists

    Iván Fischer  conductor and host
    Lajos Sárközi jr.


    Gyula Bóni  viola
    Rudolf Sárközi

    “Gipsy Band”

    "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 in F minor
    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!

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    Budapest Festival Orchestra

    The Budapest Festival Orchestra was founded in 1983 by Iván Fischer and pianist Zoltán Kocsis. Many renowned conductors worked with the orchestra early on, most notably Sir Georg Solti, who served as Principal Guest Conductor until his death in the fall of 1997, as well as such soloists as the violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, and Gidon Kremer, and the pianists András Schiff, Radu Lupu, and Richard Goode. In Budapest, the musicians give about 40 performances per season in the MüPa Concert Hall and in the Franz Liszt Academy. In addition, they make regular guest appearances at important festivals and in the major music capitals. They have performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the BBC Proms in London, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and the Prague Spring Festival. Since 2018, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has been the resident orchestra at the Vicenza Opera Festival. It regularly commissions compositions and presents world premieres. With projects such as the “Midnight Music” cycle, it specifically addresses a young audience. Every June, it invites around 500 Hungarian children and young people — Roma and non-Roma — to Heroes’ Square in Budapest, where they can dance to live music. It also organizes the Bridging Europe Festival, which focuses on a different European cultural nation each year. The Budapest Festival Orchestra has been run as an independent foundation since 1992 and is supported by the State of Hungary, the City of Budapest, and national and international circles of friends.

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

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    Iván Fischer

    Born into a family of musicians in Budapest in 1951, Iván Fischer studied piano, violin, cello, and composition in his native city before completing his conducting training with Hans Swarowsky and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He spent the early years of his career in Great Britain and in 1983 founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which he led to international fame and over which he still presides as Artistic Director. He has also served as Music Director of the Opéra de Lyon and Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. From 2012 to 2018, he was at the helm of the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. As a guest conductor, Fischer is primarily associated with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouworkest, as well as with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. The Vienna Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera House, the Opéra national de Paris, and numerous other renowned companies have invited him to conduct operas. Fischer is also a stage director and has presented productions of Mozart operas, Verdi’s Falstaff, and staged concerts. In 2018, he established the Vicenza Opera Festival, where he will conduct Monteverdi’s Poppea in the fall of 2021. Fischer has also been extremely creative in developing new concert formats, inventing cocoa concerts for toddlers, midnight concerts for students, surprise concerts without an announced program, and the “Mittendrin” series, in which the audience is seated in the middle of the orchestra. As a composer, he has written chamber music, choral works, the music theater piece The Red Heifer, and the children’s opera The Gruffelo. Fischer received the Kossuth Prize in 2006, Hungary’s most important cultural award, and in 2011, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. Iván Fischer 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.

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    Jenö Lisztes

    Grandson of a famous virtuoso on the cimbalom, Jenő Lisztes, who was born in Budapest in 1986, began playing the Hungarian dulcimer at the age of four, guided by Agnes Székely. At the age of twelve he won the Rácz Aladár Cimbalom Competition. Starting in 2005, Lisztes studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and also received training in “gypsy music” from Jenő Soros. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Roby Lakatos Ensemble, and he also has his own jazz trio, the Jenő Lisztes Cimbalom Project. Performances have taken him to New York’s Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Together with the violinist Lajos Sárközi Jr., the violist Gyula Bóni and the double bassist Rudolf Sárközi, he plays as part of a “gypsy band” in today’s concert.

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    Gyula Bóni

    József Lendvay

    Born in Budapest in 1974, the violinist József Lendvay comes from one of Hungary’s best-known families of Roma musicians. He began playing violin at the age of three, subsequently receiving his classical training at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in his hometown. He won the Tibor Varga Competition in 1997 and was awarded the Annie Fischer Prize in 1998. Lendvay is a regular guest soloist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He has received two Echo Klassik Awards: in 2005 for the album Lendvay and in 2013 for Dancing Paris. With his Soliszti Salon Orchestra, he combines classical and folkloric traditions. József Lendvay plays the Stradivari “Ex-Ries” from 1693.

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