György Vashegyi often said that he admired Mendelssohn's music, and it has long been apparent through his leadership of two ensembles, the Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir, that he has done much to popularise the composer's works in Hungary. The latter ensemble is not generally required for symphonies, overtures and concert pieces, but for vocal compositions, including church music such as motets and oratorios. The conductor places great emphasis on the two monumental Mendelssohn oratorios, Paulus and Elias, each of which follow historical principles. He returns over and over to these masterpieces, interpreting Mendelssohn's confessional opuses as increasingly mature conceptions. Of the two great works, Elias is the latter and more popular: the piece, which was long in the making, was premièred in 1846 at the Birmingham Festival. The event assisted in the creation of the piece by financing its completion. The work, which presents the parable the figure of the Old Testament prophet and his struggle and conflict-ridden fate, is a prime example of the inspirational effect of the great Baroque oratorio. Its music, on the other hand, worthily represents the first great wave of the Romantic period, and the work comprises many novel features, such as the baritone recitative that precedes the overture. A worthy performance of the composition is guaranteed by György Vashegyi and his ensembles in the company of leading Hungarian and international singers.
Recirquel Company Budapest: Night Circus
Set among the ten-meter-high, slowly crumbling firewalls of Budapest, the troupe's artists embark on a shared journey around the hidden depths of their own personalities, while seeking to fulfill their unattainable desire to fly. In accordance with the philosophy of the genre, the creators do not tell a linear story. Eternal symbols of pre-historic times and representations of well known fairy tale and mythical situations help the audience feel at ease in a world that is trying to engage its emotions rather than its reason. The title of the show refers to the rebirth of classical circus through the elements of nuovo cirque, a journey from night to day. Accompanied by live piano music, this first Recirquel creation has enchanted audiences across the world and toured in France two times, attracting outstanding critical reviews. The première was an event of the Budapest Spring Festival.
PASO Big Band
PASO have always been pioneers of experimentation, playing folk music-inspired songs and being the first group to appear in the Müpa Budapest MR Symphonic series. In 2018, PASO will once again embark on a new adventure: after the traditions of classic and folk music, they are currently immersed in the rich textures of big band swing. The types of music that first formed in the smoky jazz clubs of the 1900s had a great impact on Caribbean dance music in the scorching heat of the island of Jamaica. The students of the Jamaican Alpha Boys School began a journey which would lead to what we now know as ska music. PASO is now trying to reverse that direction with an attempt to move from ska music, via a big band sound, to a world of ska jazz. For the first time, they will perform their songs with big band instrumentation and a big band line-up, including more than a dozen wind instruments. They will perform the greatest hits of the Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra - many of them transformed into full-on swing beats.