… 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 furiosity of the end of the piece were realised in full, and accentuated by the impression that Kocsis wanted to smash with his fingers the instrument with gave him so much trouble. But he also managed to achieve an incredible tenderness and most subtle poetic quality in the central part Quasi adagio.
In the second part of the concert, Maestro Hamar continued his energetic performance with all correctly emphasised accents of Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 120. In the same way as it began, the evening ended with a dance: as an encore to those already performed, the orchestra played Brahms' Hungarian dance No. 5 in G minor.
(JUTARNJI LIST, August 28th 2000.)