Monthly Archives: December 2002

Hungarian Radio, New Music Magazine

It rarely happens that a critic can hear the same programme with the same musicians in two different venues just a few days apart. On this occasion, this exceptional opportunity fell to me. On Friday I could observe the National Philharmonic Orchestra's concert with conductor Zsolt Hamar at the Pesti Vigadó and on the following […]

When an elite unit was born from a battle-scarred army

Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi has an enthusiastic and committed following in Hungary of a kind that even the conductors of the leading domestic symphony orchestras – Iván Fischer, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, András Ligeti – cannot claim. In each of the Japanese maestro's three Budapest concerts in November, the audience awarded him with ten to fifteen minutes […]