The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
 Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

29 January 2019, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven: Der glorreiche Augenblick (The Glorious Moment) – cantata, Op. 136
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61


Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Orsolya Hajnalka Rőser, Éva Bátori, Gergely Boncsér, Szabolcs Hámori (vocals)
Yu-Chien „Benny” Tseng (violin)
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)
Conductor: Tamás Vásáry, Martin Rajna

Taiwanese violinist Tseng Yu-Chien is just 24 but he has already performed remarkably well in several prestigious competitions, such as the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition, the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Singapore International Violin Competition. For his Budapest appearance, he dazzles with a rendition of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The opening number is a real rarity, the Beethoven cantata The Glorious Moment, which has often been the focus of analysis by music historians. The composer completed Symphony No. 2, which is performed in the second half of the concert, in 1802, around the same time as his Heiligenstadt Testament. In this document, Beethoven confesses to his brothers about his increasing deafness and his inconsolable emotional state.



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