Monthly Archives: October 2002

Zoltán Kocsis: An orchestra starts to transform thanks to contemporary composers In the National Philharmonic Orchestra and National Choir's programme for next year, there are a pleasing number of rarely heard pieces. Why were they chosen and why are there so few contemporary Hungarian works performed at the ensemble's concerts? – we asked Zoltán Kocsis, […]

(…) French composers also enjoyed a prominent position at the festival, strengthened partly through the Berlioz Jubilee and partly the resonances of FranciaArt. In my opinion, the performance of Romeo and Juliet by the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Choir was a premiere event not just of the festival but of international concert life. […]

Zoltán Kocsis’s concert

Zoltán Kocsis, who performed as both conductor and pianist alongside the National Philharmonic Orchestra, gave a concert of extraordinary importance on October 9th at the Music Academy. Its significance was because Kocsis again performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major. Those who have followed his career will remember that Kocsis first recording made […]

Long journey, together

It all started when Zoltán Kocsis began to conduct and we, the wise audience, said: no problem. Eventually, this mania strikes down everyone: it is not enough to have a voice or play an instrument superbly, they all eventually want to wave a stick in front of an orchestra. The conductor as emperor of musical […]

Hungarian Radio, New Music Magazine (Új Zenei Újság)

Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss – two composers whose presence in the same concert might raise eyebrows were it not for a third composer, who connects to both since he was indebted to both: Béla Bartók. Last Friday, Zoltán Kocsis led the National Philharmonic Orchestra in a truly interesting program of a rare work each […]