FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT – The Hungarian National Philharmonic’s Easter concert
Wednesday, 5 April 2023
From 7:30 PMuntil approximately 9:20 PM
Pesti Vigadó Ceremonial Hall,
HUF 4 900, HUF 3,900

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT – The Hungarian National Philharmonic’s Easter concert

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Gregory Vajda conductor

Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (chamber orchestra version)
Aleksandr Glazunov: From Darkness to Light – fantasy, op. 53
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival – overture, op. 36

Tamás Dunai narrator

Students of the Liszt Academy
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Gergely Vajda

For Holy Wednesday, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra invite you to a concert about the idea of Easter. While Haydn’s remarkable work delves deeply into timeless moments of suffering, Glazunov’s unfamiliar masterpiece expresses the promise of salvation, and Rimsky Korsakov’s overture is light and celebratory rejoicing itself. With the help of an excellent conductor who works in America but also appears regularly here at home, along with one of the most sensitive actors in Hungary, anyone looking forward to the holiday will get the chance to enjoy a well-thought-out concert featuring clear dramaturgy.

In 1786, Joseph Haydn was commissioned by the canon of the Oratorio de la Santa Cueva, a church in the Spanish city of Cádiz, to write a work for the Good Friday ceremony to be held there. The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross was initially conceived in an orchestral version. Haydn would later revise it for string quartet and, eventually, for solo piano. Aleksandr Glazunov (1865–1936) composed his lofty orchestral fantasy in 1894, shortly after the death of Tchaikovsky, whom he greatly admired. Many people therefore associate the poetic content of From Darkness to Light with this circumstance. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov wrote his overture at the turn of 1887/88, originally titling it simply Svetly Prazdnik, or “Bright Festival”. However, since the score begins with two biblical quotations and a third text written by the composer himself relates to Easter rites, and furthermore, since the work’s melodic world originates in large part from the Orthodox liturgy, it is understandable why the alternate title Russian Easter Festival is used instead.

Tamás Dunai, is a regular concert participant. Gergely Vajda is one of the most versatile and skilful members of the generation of Hungarian conductors now in their prime.

The Hungarian National Philharmonic is once again holding its Orchestral Academy, which offers students from the Liszt Academy a chance to take part in the ensemble’s rehearsal work and later take the stage at the concert together with the orchestra’s artists. This time around, the audience will get to hear the youngsters taking their seats in the orchestra play in Rimsky Korsakov’s overture.