János Kovács and the Hungarian Radio Art Groups

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Debussy's work Three Nocturnes was inspired by Whistler's Nocturne's series of impressionist paintings: the movements - Clouds, Festivals and Sirens - depict a specific programme, and the composer wrote a description of it for the premiere as well. We will also hear Francis Poulenc's concerto for two pianos and orchestra, with the soloists for the evening performing this piece that proved to be a turning point in the composer's career: the summary and culmination of an exciting period in his work. The libretto for Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird is based on elements drawn from classical Russian (and European) folktales. The story is one of a duel between the darkness and evil of the underworld and a bright and beautiful fiery goodness. Audiences got their first encounter with the piece in 1910, in Paris, and it immediately brought the young Russian composer world renown. A year later, Stravinsky composed an orchestral suite from the ballet music, which he would go on to rework twice. What we will hear at this concert, however, is the original ballet music.

Program and cast

Featuring:

piano

József Balog, Péter Kiss

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hungarian Radio Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)

Palace of Arts Müpa Budapest

When Müpa Budapest, Hungary and its capital's new cultural hub, opened in 2005, it was built to represent more than 100 years of Hungarian cultural history. As a conglomeration of cultural venues, the building has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in the whole of Central Europe.


The creators of this ambitious project, the Trigránit Development Corporation, prime contractor Arcadom Construction and the Zoboki, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office, were driven by the desire to create a new European cultural citadel as part of the new Millennium City Centre complex along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront. The result is a facility whose construction quality, appearance, functionality and 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard. The building is also highly versatile and equipped to host performances of any genre and almost any scale.

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