Thursday, 31 October 2019
From 7.30 pmuntil approximately 9.40 pm
Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall,
HUF 5,500 / 4,500 / 4,000 / 3,500 / 2,500
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Péter Eötvös Speaking Drums
Péter Eötvös Per Luciano Berio
Dante Symphony, S. 109
Martin Grubinger percussion instruments
Women’s Choir of Hungarian National Choir (chorus master: Csaba Somos)
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Péter Eötvös conductor

Are you curious to hear how a “no waiting” sign sounds when struck by a professional musician? What is it like to have a roaring lion on the stage? There is no reason to be frightened of the latter, as it will not leap out into the auditorium. Instead, it is a unique instrument that will be one of many making their sounds in Eötvös’s piece Speaking Drums. To be played between two of the Hungarian composer’s shorter works in the first half, it actually involves a percussion soloist teaching his instruments how to speak, mutter and shriek poems, before playing the rhythm to the words on his instrument, and this is what provides the melody for the orchestra. There will no translation of the poems, as the verses by Sándor Weöres are so-called nonsense poems, words without meaning, with a little bit of Sanskrit text also added in at the end. Not enough? After the interval, the audience will also get a glimpse of hell – as imagined by Liszt based on his reading of Dante. The massive Dante Symphony is Liszt’s setting of purgatory into musical notes. Wagner talked him out of depicting heaven, afraid that it would prove banal. This is why Liszt instead wrote a Magnificat as the closing, naturally with the participation of the chorus.