Hall: Concert Hall (ground floor)
Subscription: K2 - Chamber music concerts
Price: 50 zł
"Orchestras of the World"
The entire jubilee concert marking the 25th anniversary of the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra is devoted to the Hungarian and Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Miklós Rózsa, representing the generation that came after Bartók and Kodály, first tasted major success as a composer at quite a young age. His works have been conducted by such world-renowned masters of the baton as Charles Münch, Bruno Walter and Karl Böhm. Towards the end of the 1930s, Rózsa started to collaborate with film studios and in 1940 he settled in the United States. It was here that he wrote his famous sound tracks to such movies as The Jungle Book, The Thief of Bagdad, and Ben-Hur. In 1943, he composed his Concerto for String Orchestra, which contained allusions – in both form and character – to the Baroque concerto grosso with the added spice of Hungarian folk tropes.
The works of Rezső Sugára (Miklós Rózsa’s senior by twelve years) remain virtually unknown outside of Hungary. The artist devoted more time to teaching than writing music. He ran a composing class in Budapest for thirty years, which is probably the reason why the list of his opuses is rather brief. During the concert we will have an opportunity to listen to his neoclassical Divertimento from 1948.
György Orbán, a composer known mainly for his polystylistic choral music was born just a year before Divertimento was written. His 2014 three-movement Sopra canti diversi, conceived especially for the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra, abounds in original chords and brings to the fore the sonic potential of the string orchestra.
The concert programme opens and ends with two works by Polish composers that have become permanent fixtures in the Orchestra’s repertoire: Szymon Laks’ colourful neoclassical Sinfonietta and Wojciech Kilar’s spectacular Orawa.
Collaboration: The Hungarian Institute of Culture
Tickets available from 16 September 2019.