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Liszt Academy: Grand HallLiszt Ferenc tér 8, Budapest, Central Hungary, 1061, Hungary
On Friday 27 September 2019 at 19:30

Ernő Dohnányi intended Symphonic Minutes to be stage music for his wife, Elza Galafrés, pantomime artist, yet it became a concert hall work right from the very beginning, in 1933. “I am very glad to be able to tell you that your viola concerto is ready in draft, so that only the score has to be written, which means a purely mechanical work, so to speak. If nothing happens I can be through in 5 or 6 weeks.” This is from a letter by Béla Bartók dated August 1945 to William Primrose, commissioner of the work, although the optimism proved tragically unfounded. The Viola Concerto was finally completed by Tibor Serly, who created the cello variation as well, which we hear with solo by Hungarian cellist László Fenyő, who ever since his triumph at the 2004 International Pablo Casals Violoncello Competition has toured the world. Finally, this Friday recital promises to be a witches’ Sabbath and, of course, a ball thanks to Berlioz’s Symphony fantastique.

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