Liszt | Les Préludes

Britten | Serenade

Saint-Saëns | “Organ” Symphony No. 3


Featuring | Tibor Szappanos – tenor | Endre Tekula – horn | Ágoston Tóka – organ

Conducted by | János Kovács

Les Préludes is a bit like the old uncle next door in your childhood: you visit home as an adult and you greet him with a wry smile “good afternoon, uncle Frank”, and you keep on chuckling at the centennial jokes, you sigh when waving goodbye to him, and you strive to avoid meeting him again as much as you can. For you kept on watching him all through your childhood, you know by heart what he would be doing and when, what he would eat, how he would bend down for the mail he had happened to drop. But what if by chance uncle Frank is in fact the greatest poet of our time? Or what if he had been a charmer who escaped from the fury of a hundred beautiful women to the apartment next door? Or was he a time machine constructor? We won’t give up playing worn-out compositions, there’s a serious reason for a composition to be worn out, and, usually, masterpieces outlive being worn out. The other end of the spectrum is Britten’s Serenade: it has almost never been played, though it is also a masterpiece, the most beautiful confession ever written for horn and tenor voice. We also included the organ symphony so that we can celebrate the gorgeous new instrument of the Music Academy – and few better reasons can one set out than this brilliant symphony.

The concert will be preceded by an Initiatory lecture related to the concert in the Great Hall of the Music Academy at 5:45 P.M., hosted by pianist and music teacher Gábor Eckhardt.