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Dénes Várjon and the Concerto Budapest • 2.2

Liszt Academy: Grand HallLiszt Ferenc tér 8, Budapest, Central Hungary, 1061, Hungary
Dates/times in Budapest time zone
Tuesday 12 April 202219:30
Festival: Bartók Spring International Arts Weeks

The Eroica Symphony is a key piece not only of Beethoven’s oeuvre, but for the musical thinking of the 19th century as well, instituting an essential definition of what is musical structure and logic, what is the work of the composer, and what it means to think in music – notions that continue to hold strongly. “When I was young,” Bartók said in 1927, “my ideal of beauty was not so much the style of Bach or Mozart as that of Beethoven.” In an interview he gave to Dezső Kosztolányi two years earlier, he said “I still enjoy the Eroica as much as I used to.”

Bartók’s youthful Two Portraits, the first work in the programme of Dénes Várjon, András Keller and the Concerto Budapest, is one of the most beautiful examples of how closely the composer was attached to the musical ideals of Romanticism, the use of polarities that characterized Berlioz or Liszt.

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