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Wednesday, 5 February 2020
From 7:30 pmuntil approximately 9:40 pm
Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall,
HUF 5,500 / 4,500 / 4,000 / 3,500 / 2,500
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Daniel Schnyder The Revelation of St. John (Hungarian première)
Johannes Brahms German Requiem, op. 45
Andrea Rost soprano
Ágnes Szalai soprano
Máté Fülep baritone
Mihály Kálmándy baritone
Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Sebastian Weigle conductor

Concertos for string orchestra and “pipa” (which isn’t a kind of pipe, but rather a Chinese plucked instrument) and for full orchestra and alphorn, the African Symphony, works for famous jazz musicians, operas: the oeuvre of the 48-year-old Swiss-born and New York-based composer Daniel Schnyder is both broad and colourful. His 2000 oratorio The Revelation of St. John, based on the Book of Revelations) also reveals a host of influences. After winning great favour with audiences in cities around the world, the composition is now making its Budapest début. This novelty of around half an hour in length will be paired with a well-known masterpiece by Brahms as the second piece in the concert: The German Requiem. The text of the piece is not a German translation of the Latin requiem mass, but a selection of biblical verses carefully selected and compiled by the composer himself. This extraordinarily inspired and massive work brought Brahms fame around the world. The composer had previously only been known in German-speaking countries, but shortly after the 1869 world première of the full seven-movement version, the Requiem was performed in London and Saint Petersburg, and not much later in Paris. It took a bit longer to make it to Hungary, where it was first performed in 1884, at the Vigadó Concert Hall. However, it was conducted there by Brahms himself.

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