TONIGHT! THE HUNGARIAN NATIONAL PHILHARMONICA’S CONCERT WITH NOT TOO OFTEN HEARD PIECES, AT THE PALACE OF ARTS, BUDAPEST

EVERY EVENING PROGRAM CAN BE GREAT, LET ALONE THIS EVENING LET YOUR HEART AND SOUL GET IT’S BEST AT THE PALACE OF ART, BUDAPEST!

April, 6. 2012.

at the Béla Bartók – National Concert Hall

(http://mupa.hu/en/bartok-bela-nemzeti-hangversenyterem)

The concert begins at 7.30 p.m. last till 10 p.m. 

Address: IXth. District – 1, Komor Marcell str. Budapest

Phone number: (36 -1-555-3001 or +36-1- 555-3002)

(Opposite to the National Theater. Here’s a map to show you around: http://mupa.hu/en/megkozelithetoseg/

On this evening’s program, the Hungarian National Philharmonic (http://www.filharmonikusok.hu/english) : Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (suite, op. 64)

and

Brahms-Schönberg: Piano Quartet in G-minor, Arnold Scheonberg’s  transciption for orchestra.

Mr. Mattias Barnert, Swiss conductor will be leading the Hungarian National Philharmonic.

In the first part of the concert, Prokofiev’s suite will be performed in a version never heard before in Hungary.

The second half features classical music, but again not in its original form.

The Piano Quartet – orchestra transcription

(“ Johannes Brahms was one of Arnold Schoenberg’s main examples. He dedicated several writings to the composer, taught his students the elderly maestro’s compositional techniques and in 1937 he transcribed for symphony orchestra Brahms’s G-minor Piano Quartet (1861). When asked, just before the premiere, why he had chosen this particular work and what he had in mind when transcribing it, he replied, ‘My reasons: 1. I like this piece. 2. It is seldom played. 3. It is always very badly played, because the better the pianist, the louder he plays and you hear nothing from the strings. I wanted once to hear everything, and this I achieved. My intentions: 1. To remain strictly in the style of Brahms and not to go father than he himself would have gone if he lived today. 2. To watch carefully all these laws which Brahms obeyed […].’ Schoenberg changed nothing in the music of the great German master, and the performance apparatus roughly corresponds to a Brahmsian orchestra. The translucent orchestration allows for every part and every small detail to be heard, and consequently the sonority is perplexingly evocative of Brahms’s symphonies. The listener experiences a curious illusion of hearing a symphony where there is in fact no symphony, as if he or she were hearing Brahms, but it is in fact not Brahms, since there is no real passage between the different musical eras. If Brahms had wanted to compose a symphony, obviously he would have conceived a completely different work in terms of music and form. The transcription is no more and no less than what the composer intended: a compositional bravura and a curiosity to the audiences of today.

Mr. Matthias Bamert

Matthias Bamert studied music in his native Switzerland, as well as in Darmstadt and Paris, falling in with the likes of Boulez and Stockhausen; these associations can be well detected in his own compositions. He assisted Stokowski at the American Symphony Orchestra in 1970 and 1971, then joined the Cleveland Orchestra’s conducting staff under the leadership of  Music Director Lorin Maazel. Later on he was Music Director of the Swiss Radio Orchestra, then began making a wider reputation across Europe. He was principal guest conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra and Associate Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Bamert served as Artistic Director of the Lucerne Festival (1992 -1998), where he made inroads in thematic programming and of the London Mozart Players (1993 – 2000). A prolific recording artist, Bamert has made over 80 discs, many of which have won international prizes.”)

Seats can be reserved through the Internet, via on their website: http://mupa.hu/en/jegyvasarlasi-lehetosegek/  or can also personally get your tickets at the Place of Art’s at cashbox.

Just wish to mention:  tickets can be redeemed on the day of the performance by bringing along a print-out copy of the e/mail as the voucher and at the entrance just flip it at the ticket machine and there you go.

There are still a couple of tickets available for the a/m concert, so if you wish to be there, just go for it.

Wish all the tourist spending their Easter holidays in Budapest to have a fine and relaxing holiday and most of all your eyes to enjoy this beautiful environment at the Palace of Art and the fascinating sound for your ears.

Update by Aggie Reiter

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