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Liszt to Antal Augusz
Kurtág – Ligeti

17 February 2019, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Here and Now

Kurtág – Ligeti

György Kurtág: Remembrance Noise, Op. 12
György Kurtág:
Eight Duets For Violin And Cimbalom, Op. 4
György Kurtág: 6 Moments musicaux op. 44
György Kurtág: Four Akhmatova Poems, Op. 41


intermission

Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1
Ligeti: Kammerkonzert

Conductors: András Keller and Zoltán Rácz
Tony Arnold, Andrea Brassói-Jőrös (soprano), András Keller (violin), András Szalai (cimbalom)
Keller Quartet: András Keller, Zsófia Környei (violin), Gábor Homoki (viola), László Fenyő (cello)
Ligeti Ensemble

It is almost certain that the names of György Ligeti and György Kurtág will be conjoined in the music history collective memory of the future in the same way as the ‘exemplary great twins’ Bartók and Kodály. Works by these two giants of 20th-century and contemporary Hungarian composition are placed alongside each other in this programme, the performance quality of which is guaranteed by the experienced András Keller and Zoltán Rácz. The recital, which showcases superb works from the oeuvres of both masters, features Keller Quartet and the recently founded Ligeti Ensemble, alongside the cimbalom player András Szalai, two sopranos, Andrea Brassói-Jőrös and Tony Arnold. From Ligeti’s creative mind we receive the String Quartet No. 1, written in Budapest in 1953–54, and the micropolyphonic Kammerkonzert, dating from 15 years later, which perfectly illustrates his experimental nature. Two days following this concert, György Kurtág celebrates his 93rd birthday; from his oeuvre, the concert organizers have picked two song cycles, S.K. Remembrance Noise (1975), inspired by Dezső Tandori poems, and Four Akhmatova Poems (1997–2008), as well as the chamber music pieces from the early and the late period of the composer.

 

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre

Supporter:

National Cultural Fund of Hungary

Tickets:

HUF 1 900

Season ticket:

Here and Now Spring 2019