We would like, even during this extraordinary situation, for the Müpa Budapest audience to still be able to encounter the world's most outstanding and thrilling artists each evening - this time in their own homes. It is precisely for this reason that we will open Müpa Budapest's virtual concert hall and auditoriums - each night at the familiar times - by providing access to a single unforgettable performance from past years.
The performance will be broadcasted on our website and YouTube channel.
Johann Sebastian Bach was born 336 years ago. On this occasion, Müpa Budapest will select recordings of its previous Bach concerts over two evenings.
In 2015, the outstanding French organist Michel Bouvard played the composer's Prelude and Fugue in E minor as part of the 24-hour Bach concert.
... The Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Müpa Budapest created a new tradition with the marathon, this concert format hitherto unknown in Hungary. Ever since, music-lovers have considered this event to be a red-letter day on the concert calendar, which once again promises to fully satisfy all in attendance with every popular piece from their favourite composer. For the 2014 marathon, Iván Fischer has chosen one of the greatest geniuses in the history of music, Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach's keyboard concertos will be performed by excellent Hungarian pianist accompanied by the Pannon Philharmonics and their conductor, András Vass.
There are several works by Johann Sebastian Bach that exude more than simply the atmosphere of greatness and reverence associated with a unique creative genius - these compositions are also shrouded in mystery. The Mass in B minor being played at this concert is, without doubt, one of these works - it's not only one of the most monumental of Bach's works, it is also among the greatest achievements in music history. Joined by distinguished soloists the work will be performed by György Vashegyi and his ensembles, the Purcell Choir and the Orfeo Orchestra.
This recording was made at concerts held at Müpa Budapest on 2 February 2014 (Bach Marathon, concertos), on 20 March 2015 (organ works, Bach 24) and on 25 October 2017 (Mass in B minor).
A joint production of the Bach for Everyone Festival and Müpa Budapest.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest, Bach for Everyone Festival