Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Wonderful Nativity - première
The Hungarian Folk Ensemble's exciting premiere production presents Christmas Eve, the Christmas vigil and the joy and excitement of waiting, the games and traditions of folk origins and the Christian tradition of welcoming the birth of Jesus, as well as the fairytale-like, magical stories which have developed around this day. The audience will have the chance to live through the joyful moments of the last day of advent, from early morning to late evening, from the magical creation of snow by the fairies at dawn to the secret meeting of the snowmen, the preparation of magical honey-scented Christmas foods and the ceremony of setting up and decorating the Christmas tree. With no little humour, the emboldened horses pulling a sleigh, the fierce snowball battles and the paired ice dancers make up the Nativity procession, one of the most popular mystery plays of the Christmas period, where all participants in this magical journey come together at the end of the performance to experience together sincere joy at the arrival of the Redeemer, the incarnation of the Son of God. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble's advent dance drama in seven parts (Hótündérek tánca; Csusszan a szánkó; HTT - Hóemberek Titkos Találkozója; Csilingelő lovas szán; Süssünk, süssünk valamit; Szabad-e bejönni ide betlehemmel?; Jaj, de szép a karácsonyfa) create a genuine festive atmosphere, bringing us closer to the secrets of Christmas and reminding us of that childhood joy of anticipation. This performance is recommended for families. The première is a co-production of Müpa Budapest, Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and the Hungarian Heritage House.
Josep-Ramon Olivé was born in Barcelona, where he also obtained his musical bachelor's degrees, first studying choir conducting, and then singing. In 2012 he went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, obtaining master's degrees in singing and opera under Rudolf Piernay, whose list of past baritone students includes Bryn Terfel, Hanno Müller-Brachmann and Michael Volle. The Catalan baritone has participated in numerous master classes with prominent singers from Eric Halfvarson to Luigi Alva to Teresa Berganza. He has performed with ensembles including Le Concert des Nations, Les Arts Florissants and Hespèrion XXI under conductors such as Jordi Savall, William Christie, Kazushi Ono and Sigiswald Kuijken. There are specialists and there are omnivores - and, glancing through the roles he has performed so far, it is clear that Olivé belongs to the latter group, since he sings practically anything from Mozart to Britten, Monteverdi to Johann Strauss, Pergolesi to Martinů, and Purcell to Richard Strauss. The composer of the contemporary work to be heard at this concert, Raquel García-Tomás, was born - like Olivé - in Barcelona in 1984. She specialises in multidisciplinary artistic creations, and - similarly to the baritone - is preparing to complete her studies in London. In Festival Square after the concert, visitors will be able to participate in a meet and greet moderated by Endre Tóth, where they can chat with the artists appearing in the concert and request autographs. Nominated for the Rising Stars programme by: L'Auditori Barcelona & Palau de la Música Catalana
ECHO is a supranational organisation, its basic mission being to recognise and exploit the opportunities inherent in mutual cooperation. No finer example of this could be found than the Amatis Trio, representing international cooperation in its purest form. The trio consists of a German violinist, a British cellist and a Dutch/Chinese pianist. Performing their first concert in 2014, the trio immediately attained a very high standard, winning the audience prize at the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam a matter of a few weeks after beginning to work together. They went on to perform outstandingly at further competitions and to win prestigious accolades (the International Parkhouse Competition at the Wigmore Hall; the Joseph Joachim Competition in Weimar; the Dutch Classical Talent award; inclusion in the BBC New Generation Artists scheme). Today the Amatis Trio is an outstanding representative of the new generation of European chamber musicians, receiving enthusiastic reviews for its performances in continental Europe, Great Britain and Asia. The musicians are also committed performers of contemporary music, which is no better illustrated by the Dutch Piano Trio Composition Prize they themselves founded, thereby encouraging the further expansion of the piano trio repertoire. The new work to be heard at this concert in its Hungarian première was written by the Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi, born in 1981. In Festival Square after the concert, visitors will be able to participate in a meet and greet moderated by Endre Tóth, where they can chat with the artists appearing in the concert and request autographs. Nominated for the Rising Stars programme by: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Kölner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Dortmund & Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.