There are exciting youthful efforts, and there are great encapsulating works. There are also those pieces - which are not always the best known ones - whose predominant characteristic is how they practically radiate with the given composer's creative energy.This is just as true for Edward Elgar's glorious Triumphal March from the cantata Caractacus and the Cello Concerto by the - less well known in Hungary - 20th century British composer William Walton as it is for Rimsky-Korsakov's enchanting Scheherazade. There is a saying that no-one can be a prophet in his own country, and since we're accustomed to only infrequent visits home from the very finest Hungarian artists, this seems to hold partially true for them as well. István Várdai is an international star in the true sense of the word - with concert halls vying for his presence, he spends more time airborne than he does in his own homeland as he advances the reputation of Hungarian musicians around the world. As of last December, he has been playing on a true rarity: the 1673 Stradivarius cello previously played by Jacqueline du Pré and Lynn Harrell. Only 65 Stradivarius cellos exist in the world, and the last Hungarian musician to use one was János Starker.
"Tonight... there came a moment when I became so absorbed in the music, I completely lost my sense of time and space (Isn't this what psychologists refer to as 'flow'?)” (a listener commenting on a concert by István Várdai; forum.index.hu)
Presented by: Pannon Philharmonic
The Müpa Budapest underground garage gates will be operated by an automatic number plate recognition system. Parking is free of charge for visitors with tickets to any of our paid performances on that given day. The detailed parking policy of Müpa Budapest is available here.
Refreshments – Without the Queue
Thanks to our new catering service at the Átrium Snack Bar, you can forget about waiting in line during intermissions for some refreshments and get your order prepped especially for you by the time the intermission actually starts. Find out more about pre-ordering here.