The Hungarian National Philharmonic's Beethoven Concerts
Tickets from May 10, 2022
(rain date: 3 July)
Coriolan Overture, op. 62
Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61
Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36
Ernő Kállai – violin
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Balázs Kocsár
Although many people assume that the Coriolan Overture was inspired by Shakespeare, Beethoven actually wrote the 1807 work for a tragedy about the Roman general that was written by a contemporary of his, the Austrian playwright Heinrich Joseph von Collin. The dense and dramatic piece depicts the storminess of an overwhelmed soul. The first two movements of the Violin Concerto, written a year earlier, are the very sound of peaceful, transcendental reflection itself. Only the rondo finale, with its hunting allusions, brings dynamism and energy to the work, albeit also in a spirit of life-affirming serenity. The Second Symphony, dating from 1801/02 is likewise full of cheerful, humorous ideas and brims with zest for life. What makes this all the more remarkable is the fact that it dates from the same time as when Beethoven wrote his Heiligenstadt Testament, which faces the horror of deafness and reflects a tragic state of mind.
The soloist for the concert, the globetrotting virtuoso and renowned chamber musician Ernő Kállai, studied at Budapest’s Liszt Academy and at the Juilliard School in New York. Balázs Kocsár is a prominent member of the middle generation of Hungarian conductors and the chief music director of the Hungarian State Opera.
Please be informed that if you have a valid ticket for the 2022 Beethoven in the Park concerts, you can enter the Martonvásár Castle Park free of charge after 6 pm. If you wish to enter the park before 6 pm, you may purchase a park entrance ticket at the Agroverzum Centre of Science and Fun. Details: https://agroverzum.hu/latogatasinformaciok/#jegyarak. The concerts begin at 7 pm. We hope you have an enjoyable evening.