Hope and Redemption
Thursday, 6 May 2021
From 7:30 PMuntil approximately 21 PM
Pesti Vigadó Ceremonial Hall,
Free of charge
Free of charge

Hope and Redemption


The performance will be broadcasted on our website and Facebook channel.

Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine, op. 11
Zoltán Kovács: Give Me Tranquillity (world première)
Fauré: Requiem, op. 48

Conductor: Csaba Somos


Cecília Széll – soprano
László Mokán – baritone
Dóra Bizják – piano
Ádám Tabajdi – organ

Hungarian National Choir

Bookending our first extended concert after the forced hiatus will be two masterpieces by Gabriel Fauré, one of the most influential French composers, who lived and worked in the decades around the fin-de-siècle period.

Profound and restrained, he could also be described as shy. A recollection from late in his life says a great deal about his childhood and worldview: “The only thing I remember really clearly is the harmonium in that little chapel.” For the most part, his music dispenses with drama. At the centre of his Requiem, one of his most significant works, which will be featured at the concert, is the thought of reconciliation and resignation.

Wonderfully suited to the two Fauré pieces is the contemporary choral work to be performed between them: Zoltán Kovács composed his work Give Me Tranquillity to text by the poet Bálint Balassi. The piece will receive its world première in a capella form at our concert.