Herald News – DanteXperience at the 35th Budapest Spring Festival

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Welcome to the 35th Budapest Spring Festival, an event which celebrates art and bustling cultural programs at 170 programs on 43 sites for more than two weeks and last but not least …  one of the largest festivals of its kind in Central Europe.

The best-known and most universal poetic text of all the time returns to modern audiences in a new and grandly spectacular, production … DanteXperience.

Saluting to the two great artist … Dante Alighieri, who was born 750 years ago is well-known an important figure of the Italian culture and the finest romantic music of  Franz (Ferenc) Liszt.

 Friday, April, 24. 2015. –  7.30 p.m.

Palace of Arts – “Béla Bartók” National Concert Hall

District IX., 1. Komor Marcell Street – Budapest

Tchaikovsky:

Francesca da Rimini – Symphonic fantasy after Dante, op. 32

Liszt: Dante SymphonyDante’s Divine Comedy in poetry, music and images, a cornerstone of European culture, with an endless series of works of literature, fine art and music reflecting on it over the past centuries. In 2002, has been created a massive Gesamtkunstwerk of a production called Liszt, Dante and Doré: The Divine Comedy in music, poetry and painting, which was presented with great success at the Ravenna Festival, the Rome Opera and the Verona Arena. It went on, under the title Multimedia Dante, to be shown in other Italian cities, as well as at the Weimar Art Festival.

In 2005, DanteXperience renewed and extended the show both in terms of its technology and content, turning it into a breath-taking audio-visual journey.

For the Dresden premiere of his Dante Symphony, Liszt planned a „multimedia” performance, with a projection of Bonaventura Genelli’s illustrations of Dante’s work. The costs eventually proved prohibitive, and the plan was abandoned. A few years later Liszt and the young Camille Saint-Saëns performed the Dante Symphony, on two pianos, in the Paris home of Gustave Doré, the famous painter. 150 years on, this event came to suggest a synthesis of Doré’s own breathtaking Dante series and Liszt’s music, making reality of the composer’s dream.

Featuring: MAV Symphony Orchestra, Angelica Girls’ Choir (choirmaster: Zsuzsanna Gráf), Narrator: Chiara Muti. Conductor: Vittorio Bresciani, Assistant to the visual director: Gianluca Brigo. Visual director, artistic leader: Vittorio Bresciani.

Ticket prices from: 2500HUF – 6900HUF. To order ticket: www.btf.hu/buy_tickets

Update by Aggie Reiter

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