Monthly Archives: July 2001

Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra at the 51st Dubrovnik Summer Festival

… Without mercy or giving in, yet with so much of beautiful musicality, Maestro Hamar at first warmed up the orchestra with Kodály's Dances from Galanta and then gave an excellent support to Kocsis, who this time performed as a soloist in Liszt's Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major.Dramatics of the beginning and […]

Bravura approaches: Zoltán Kocsis and Liszt works at the Colmar Festival

Homage á Jószef Szigeti, the great Hungarian violinist and also the great musical traditions of his homeland – excluding all obviously contemporary connections – formed the basis of the 13th International Colmar Summer Festival. Many leading and famous Hungarian musical personalities from modern-day Hungary (or youngsters aspiring to join them) gave concerts in the small […]

Zoltan Kocsis’ assurance and moderation

A festival dedicated to HungaryHungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Barnabás Kelemen (violin), Zoltán Kocsis (conductor), works by Beethoven, Bartók, Debussy, Rachmaninov. Saint Mathieu church, Colmar, XIII Colmar International Festival.Following a long established tradition, every Colmar International Festival is dedicated to one of the great artists of the past. The artistic director of the festival, Vladimir Spivakov, […]

Kocsis’ Hungary

Zoltán Kocsis is both a masterly pianist and conductor. After Renaud Capucon and Frank Braley's highly successful and momentous concert yesterday afternoon, Zoltán Kocsis put on a breathtaking performance. It was not possible to ignore a conductor who regarded Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra as his own affair, as though he himself had actually written it. […]

Superb National Philharmonic

People inevitably make comparisons. The appearance on the stage of the Saint-Matthieu church on Thursday of the Hungarian National Philharmonic, led by conductor and pianist Zoltán Kocsis, surpassed the Russian State Orchestra who played the previous day incontrovertibly.That time, there was no soaring, only the precision of a machine without the discipline causing the least […]