"I could not deny my melancholy turn of mind the satisfaction of composing an overture for a tragedy,” wrote Brahms of the Tragic Overture. In a letter to his publisher, he would also mention melancholic in connection with his Second Symphony: "The new symphony is so melancholy, you won't be able to stand it. The score must appear with a black border.” Brahms was joking, however, since of his four symphonies this one was the most cheerful. He compared the "flavour” of his final symphony to the tartness of the never-quite-ripening cherries of northern regions. His Symphony No. 4 truly is a sombre, serious work, which some believe to be about death. But what is hiding beyond the inconsolable sorrow? This is a question we'll get to examine together with Tamás Vásáry.
Presented by: Hungarian Radio Music Ensembles
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.