The least important are not forbidden to dream of great things, and even modestly to aim at them, according to the measure of their abilities.

Liszt to Antal Augusz
Sorrow Songs

17 November 2020, 19.00-20.00

Solti Hall

Sorrow Songs Presented by Liszt Academy

Judit Rajk Habilitation Concert

Rescheduled date

The programme of this habilitation concert composed with particular sensitivity by Judit Rajk, singer and teacher at the Liszt Academy, seeks, in three acts, to find answers and reassurance to spiritual and philosophical questions about death, transience and remembrance using the works of Schubert, Brahms, Liszt and Shostakovich as well as György Kurtág, Zoltán Jeney and Máté Balogh. The concert is structured around works written by these three Hungarian composers for Judit Rajk and her pianist chamber partner, László Borbély, including the final works by Zoltán Jeney, the recently deceased professor of the Liszt Academy, and the large format, opus 50 song cycle for chamber setting by György Kurtág written on the death of Dezső Tandori and premièred in 2019. There is no ignoring the fact that virtually all of the songs being performed by the vocalist known also as a teacher at the Liszt Academy’s Church Music Department are built on ancient, Gregorian vocal traditions, with special monophonic structure, chanting and recitative monologues in an inseparable unity with the lyrics.


Jeney: László Rajk’s Watermark
Jeney: „Én imádottam...” – excerpt from the Funeral Rite
Liszt: Le Crucifix
Jeney: If nothing to do – In memory of Péter Esterházy
Jeney: „Was hast du verborchen?”
Jeney: I remember
Jeney: Márta Kurtág’s Watermark


Schubert: Der Tod und das Mädchen, D. 531
György Kurtág: Three Old Inscriptions, Op. 25 – 3. On a Cross in the Cemetery at Mecseknádasd
Máté Balogh: Wenn dein Mütterlein...
Schubert: Wandrers Nachtlied I., D. 224
Gregorian consolatory chant


Brahms: 5 Ophelia-Lieder, WoO 22
Shostakovich: Dialogue between Hamlet and His Conscience, Op. 143/3
Jeney: Ami eldől, nem áll / A modern Hamlet-turn
György Kurtág: … to sleep, – no more…, Op. 50 – Eight Songs to the poem by Dezső Tandori, dedicated to Judit Rajk Judit and the musicians of the premiere (2019-2020, the last song is world premiere) – 1. a hamleti megengedés, 2. riadókészültség, 3. a hamleti megengedés [alio modo], 4. …félrenéztem…, 5. [scala enigmatca di Verdi], 6. én-is – te-nem… [dramalet], 7a Pre-mikroludium, 7b ima, régi esti – in memoriam Szép Ernő, 8. T. D. „Utolsó” vers. Lenni


Judit Rajk (alto), László Borbély (piano)
Featuring: József Rácz (violin), Tamás Schlanger (percussion), Abigél Varga (assistance)


Tickets and season tickets purchased for April 30th 2020 are valid for this concert.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Doctoral School


Admission to the concert is free. Tickets can be claimed at the Ticket Office of the Liszt Academy one month before the concert.