Kocsis season ticket 4
Zoltán Kocsis must be nodding approvingly from the celestial world to see that the subscription bearing his name starts with the music of Bartók. After playing the composer’s Two Pictures, the orchestra will perform his Piano Concerto No. 3 together with soloist Dezső Ránki – possibly the finest interpreter of this piece active today. This will be followed by a performance of Bluebeard’s Castle featuring Ildikó Komlósi and Krisztián Cser. Both of them have already sung their respective roles of Judith and the Duke in many cities around the world with great success (often partnered with each other). At the second concert, the audience will get to know a work by János Koessler, Bartók’s teacher at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. This will be followed by what may well be Dohnányi’s most beautiful piece, Stabat Mater. Closing the concert will be a piece from Brahms, whom Koessler considered his role model: the Symphony No. 3. The third concert holds a Hungarian première in store: conducting the biblical oratorio by Swiss-born American jazz saxophonist and conductor Daniel Schnyder will be guest conductor Sebastian Weigle. After the interval, the orchestra will perform Brahms’s German Requiem together with Kossuth Prize-winning soprano Andrea Rost and baritone Michele Kálmándy, who himself recently received the same illustrious distinction. The final concert is a programme of Russian music. After opening with Tchaikovsky’s insinuatingly melodic Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, the orchestra will play Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Arabella Steinbacher, one of the stars of the instrument as the soloist. Closing the evening will be Stravinsky’s unflaggingly popular Petrushka.