The Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra visits Basingstoke
One of Hungary’s greatest orchestras, the Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, will perform for the first time at The Anvil in June,
They will travel to Basingstoke on Wednesday June 8 under the direction of its artistic director and conductor András Keller.
With its rich history and the dynamism of its young musicians, the orchestra is today one of the most progressive and versatile in the world.
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The program begins with Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, perhaps the composer’s most accessible work, filled with musical color and brimming with ideas. It builds steadily through its five movements to an exultant conclusion.
Founded in 1907 as the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Budapest adopted its current name a century later. András Keller, who began his tenure as artistic director and conductor in the orchestra’s centenary year, has built on his historic legacy while attracting many of Hungary’s most eminent young chamber musicians to his ranks. .
Concerto Budapest’s first visit to the UK follows the orchestra’s extensive tours of East Asia in 2017 and 2019 and its critically acclaimed debut at the Folle Journée festival in Nantes two years ago.
Keller said, “My idea in symphonic music is to have 70-80 people playing chamber music with each other and singing together like a polyphonic choir.
“I believe that all instrumental music is a kind of transformation of human singing. When we make an instrument “sing”, the one who hears it is usually imbued with a feeling of happiness. The unique wonder of the symphony orchestra is that the sound of so many different instruments is capable of imparting incredible tones, nuances and character to a musical melody, but all of these different sounds are capable to become one, and many musicians are able to feel like one soul, to love with a common heart, to live the melody. ”
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The orchestra is then joined by the ever-popular Angela Hewitt, whose expressive and complex playing has made her one of the world’s finest pianists, as she performs Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto. It was one of three he composed while working on The Marriage of Figaro.
The evening ends with perhaps the most well-known piece of classical music, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. From the music’s most famous overture, it builds steadily through its four movements, from a dramatic struggle to a fiery, triumphant conclusion.
Contact the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244 or visit anvilarts.org.uk.
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