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Liszt mosaics

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Hungary’s celebration dedicated to Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

In this dance concert, we will revive and unite folk music elements with classical works and traditional dance from Hungarian culture focussing on the works of Franz Liszt and his peers. It’s not just about paying tribute to the genius of this composer and performer but also showing that his work still has relevance in the present day. The performance features musicians and dancers of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble of Budapest, who will be joined by fantastic artists such as violinists Alexandre da Costa and István Pál Szalonna, Maestro Oleg Caetani, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and folk singer Eszter Pál.

This concert, performed in the languages of both music and movement, features the music of Liszt alongside some of the finest pieces of Hungary’s national romanticism that inspired him. We reach back as far as Gregorian chant as well as looking at the music of some of his contemporaries, Chopin and Paganini.

These mosaics of dance, music and voices raised in song arrange themselves into a grand tableau to bring the past to life for the modern-day audience.

Part I
1. Béla Bartók: 44 Duos for Two Violins (Ferenc RADICS,
Alexandre DA COSTA)
Duo No. 17, No. 18. – Marching Songs
Duo No. 36 – Bagpipes
Duo No. 44 – Transylvanian Dance
2. The origin of Bartók Duo’s – traditional Hungarian folk music (Eszter PÁL, István PÁL Szalonna, Hungarian
State Folk Ensemble Orchestra)
3. Béla Bartók: Violin Rhapsody No. 2 Violin and Orchestra (Alexandre DA COSTA, Oleg CAETANI, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra)
4. Traditional folk music from the Transylvanian
Kalotaszeg (Eszter PÁL, Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
5. Béla Bartók: Divertimento 3rd movement (Allegro assai) (Oleg CAETANI, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra)
6. Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances (Oleg CAETANI, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Orchestra)

Performed by:
Alexandre Da Costa (CAN) – violin
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (UK)
Maestro Oleg Caetani (IT) – conductor
István Pál Szalonna, Ferenc Radics (HU) – violin
Eszter Pál (HU) – vocals
and the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Orchestra (HU)

Parts II & III
Dance concert

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14.
Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No.1
Franz Liszt: Pax vobiscum
Franz Liszt: Sancta Dorothea
Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka, Op. 67. No. 2.
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. 5
Franz Liszt: Mihi autem adhaerere
Franz Liszt: Csárdás macabre
Franz Liszt: Laudate Dominum

Performed by:
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

piano: Marcell SZABÓ
Saint Ephraim Male Choir
(artistic directors: Tamás BUBNÓ, Lőrincz BUBNÓ)

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Turning Liszt’s brilliant, European-level musical oeuvre into dance – using 21st century movements, vision and dramaturgy – the creators and the company invite you on a very special visual journey!


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