Sándor Weöres was aged 32 when he published his collection of metaphysical poems entitled A teljesség felé (Towards Completeness), which he dedicated to writer Béla Hamvas. Also in his thirties at the time, Dániel Gryllus first set the work to music in the early 1980s, but a record was not released until 1988, when the composer presented the album to Weöres on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The score was also adapted for the stage under the direction of Gryllus's wife Katalin Kőváry. To celebrate his father's 60th birthday, Samu Gryllus – who also followed a career in music – produced a new arrangement of the work. Several generations of outstanding performers have been invited to take the stage, from Márta Sebestyén and Frankie Látó to Ferenc Kovács and Bea Palya. The extracts from Weöres's writing will be performed by eight singers and ten musicians, conducted by Samu Gryllus and in collaboration with Dániel Gryllus. The Buddhist-influenced meditations of Weöres are joined on the programme by a musical adaptation of the Epistles of Paul, sometimes known as the Apostle of Love. The piece, written to the poems of Zoltán Sumonyi, was first recorded in 1991 by Dániel Gryllus with Béla Halmos and Gergely Sárközy. György Ferenczi and Rackajam joined the production two years ago, which was performed in this form for the first time in September 2008. The new arrangement gave the production new momentum, bringing both 2000-year-old philosophies and songs composed two decades ago into line with the sounds of the 21st century, the music of the younger generation represented by Ferenczi and his band. Presented by: Palace of Arts
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