Through live music and traditional dance, the history of Hungarian music and dance will be celebrated at an evening concert. An evening in two halves, the first part will celebrate folk and classical music of the era and be an exploration of how folk music inspired classical. The artistic director of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, violinist István “Szalonna” Pál, will conduct some of the traditional folk music, including the piece behind Bartók’s Duets for Two Violins, and will be joined by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Oleg Caetani and the famous Canadian violinist Alexandre Da Costa in pieces by Bartók that drew their influence from traditional Hungarian music (full program below).
The evening then shifts to focus on one of Hungary’s most famous composers, Franz Liszt. With music that spans the centuries, these mosaics of instruments, dance and song come together in one big tableau to bring the past to life and find the roots of our own present. In addition to works by Liszt, the evening presents the music of Paganini and Chopin, contemporaries who influenced the composer, as well as some of the most beautiful pieces of Hungarian Romanticism.
Liszt Mosaïques is based on three thematic pillars, emblematic of his life’s work: Liszt the Hungarian, Liszt the priest and Liszt the virtuoso. Through the concert, performers explore how the individual aspects of the composer are interdependent and defined by each other.
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble has been touring the world for more than 70 years, bringing a diverse repertoire of dances, some of which are centuries old, and were previously inspired by the classic works of Bartók and Kodály. They will travel to the UK with: violinist István “Szalonna” Pál who plays authentic folk music; Saint Efrém Male Choir, specialists in Hungarian Byzantine music; and the pianist Marcell Szabó
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and violin virtuoso Alexandre Da Costa, winner of numerous national and international first prizes, including the Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition, join them from the UK and Canada.
Director-choreographer Gábor Mihályi said: “I hope my wishes will be granted to combine the interpretation of this traditional folk music and song with my choreographic approach which will result in an interesting and exciting performance for London audiences. With this show, while it is inspired by folk dance, we hope that its fairly contemporary character will come to the fore, and that the tradition will appear only in a less obvious way because it is indeed a show for the world of ‘today. the museological approach to folk dance behind. I hope this joint artistic work of dance, music and visual elements of contemporary drama will be a very colorful place on the London stage.
Program (Act 1)
- Béla Bartók: 44 Duos for Two Violins (Ferenc RADICS, Alexandre da COSTA)
- Duo No. 17, No. 18. – Marching Songs
- Duo n°36 – Bagpipes
- Duo n°44 – Dance from Transylvania
- The origin of Bartók Duo’s – traditional Hungarian folk music (Eszter PÁL, István PÁL Szalonna, HSFE Orchestra)
- Béla Bartók: Violin Rhapsody No. 2 Violin and Orchestra (Alexandre da COSTA, István PÁL Szalonna, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
- Traditional folk music from the Kalotaszeg of Transylvania (Eszter PÁL, HSFE Orchestra)
- Béla Bartók: Divertimento 3rd movement (Allegro assai) (Oleg CAETANI, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
- Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances (Alexandre da COSTA, Oleg CAETANI, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, HSFE Orchestra)