This concert marking the 135th anniversary of the birth on 16 December 1882 of Zoltán Kodály reveals nearly every facet of his identity as a composer.. The key work of Kodály the arranger of folk songs is the set of variations he wrote to the folk tune The Peacock. One of the most beautiful choral works he set to the verses of Hungarian poets is his Wish for Peace, written to the lines of Benedek Virág. Kodály's Jesus and the Merchants, set to Hungarian-language text from the Gospel of John, and the Te Deum of Buda Castle, sung in Latin, are two of the most exquisite compositions he ever wrote. Representing the genre of art song are his Two songs, composed for a baritone or bass with orchestral accompaniment. Like other pieces Kodály wrote for the cello, his Sonatina for cello and piano demands a significant level of technical skill and intense musicality from the artist playing the instrument.
Accompanying himself on piano and guitar, Canadian-American musician Rufus Wainwright is considered one of the most talented contemporary songwriters in popular music. Acclaimed in both his own genre and as a composer for opera, he also possesses of one of the finest voices in pop. His first opera Prima Donna was presented this June in Pécs and Budapest in a production directed by Róbert Alföldi, and the work won the audience prize at the Armel Opera Festival. Wainwright is currently completing his second opera, the monumental Hadrian, which is due to première in 2018. He has found great success with his cover versions of songs such as Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, his Grammy Award-nominated Judy Garland tribute show and musical settings of Shakespeare's sonnets alike. His music appears on numerous film soundtrack albums (Moulin Rouge, Shrek, Zoolander, The Aviator, Bridget Jones, Brokeback Mountain, Boardwalk Empire, etc.), and he has also appeared in duet or as co-writer on albums by Robbie Williams. At this concert, besides key songs from the first two decades of his career so far, Wainwright will also perform a number of compositions from his new pop album planned for 2018.
Recirquel Company Budapest: Night Circus
Set among the ten-meter-high, slowly crumbling firewalls of Budapest, the troupe's artists embark on a shared journey around the hidden depths of their own personalities, while seeking to fulfill their unattainable desire to fly. In accordance with the philosophy of the genre, the creators do not tell a linear story. Eternal symbols of pre-historic times and representations of well known fairy tale and mythical situations help the audience feel at ease in a world that is trying to engage its emotions rather than its reason. The title of the show refers to the rebirth of classical circus through the elements of nuovo cirque, a journey from night to day. Accompanied by live piano music, this first Recirquel creation has enchanted audiences across the world and toured in France two times, attracting outstanding critical reviews. The première was an event of the Budapest Spring Festival.