Tuesday, 11 January 2011, Zoltán Kodály Concert Hall
Wednesday, 12 January 2011, Palace of Arts, Budapest
First to arrive of the guests invited by the National Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 is a musician who is "only" a great artist, not an international celebrity flying on the wings of popularity between continents and spending much of the time in the hotel rooms of the most different countries. Natalia Gutman‘s musicianship was enriched by truly great musicians such as her teacher, Mstislav Rostropovich, her late husband, Oleg Kagan, or fatherly friend Sviatoslav Richter who described her as the embodiment of truth, authenticity and sincerity. Natalia Gutman brings with her to the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall the best known and one of the most beautiful cello concertos ever written. Dvořak composed the Cello Concerto In B minor during his years in New York, upon completion of his Symphony No. 9, an account of his experiences in the New World with the help of melodies the composer discovered in spirituals.