HUNGARIAN SYMPHONIC PANORAMA Featuring: Beatrix Fodor – singer, Dezső Ránki – piano Conductor: Toshihiko Matsunuma Beethoven: Piano Concerto in E flat major, op. 73 Emil Petrovics: Cantata No. 1 Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra has a history of some one hundred and fifty years. For ninety years, it was Hungary’s only professional orchestra and stood as an example for later ensembles. The conductor of this concert will be the winner of the 2002 Budapest ...International Conductors’ Competition. Beethoven completed the last of his five piano concertos in 1809. The slow movement is particularly moving, this is perhaps the most symphonic and powerful of the composer’s concerto works. The soloist will be Dezső Ránki who is universally regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists, and each of his concerts is a feast of music life. Of Emil Petrovics’s nine cantatas, his first (Alone in the Forest) was composed as his diploma piece for the Academy of Music in 1956, and sets verses by the Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu. The soprano soloist is Beatrix Fodor who is one of the leading lights of the younger generation of vocalists. The Symphonic Dances was Sergei Rachmaninov’s final large scale composition and was completed in 1940. It is dedicated to Jenő Ormándy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The score is notable for the inclusion of the alto saxophone. From January to March 2005, before its official opening, the Palace of Arts underwent a testing phase during which Hungarian orchestras performed almost daily, giving us not only a sense of the hall’s capabilities but also presenting a fascinating picture of Hungary’s orchestral life. The positive experiences gathered during this “spontaneous” festival spawned the concept of turning it into a permanent feature of the Palace of Arts’ concert series and it has now become an established new tradition. Thus in 2006, the series Symphonia Hungarorum – Hungarian Symphonic Panorama was created and in 2007, no less than fifteen Hungarian symphonic ensembles will represent themselves at the festival. As last year, the orchestras are free to choose their own programmes with the proviso they perform in each concert at least one 20th or 21st century Hungarian work.
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