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Three Works by Bartók

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Müpa: Béla Bartók National Concert Hall1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1., Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
On Wednesday 25 September 2019 at 19:30
Performers
Ildikó KomlósiMezzo-sopranoJudith
Krisztián CserBassBluebeard
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Dezsö RánkiPiano
Jenő KoppándiViolin

Two Portraits, the piece opening this concert by the Hungarian National Philharmonic, was inspired by the young Bartók's unrequited love for the violinist Stefi Geyer. The first portrait, the Ideal, showing the idealised face of the beloved female figure, is identical to the opening movement of the Violin Concerto No. 1, while the passionate second movement, Grotesque, was originally composed as the orchestral version of the closing Valse (Ma mie qui danse) movement of the series 14 Bagatelles.

Bartók's unfinished swan song, composed when he was terminally ill, the Piano Concerto No. 3 was written for his wife, Ditta Pásztory, and, as a graceful successor to the Classical 'ladies' concertos, has a tamer sound than the composer's familiar hard tone. Dezső Ránki has been performing this piece in an authentic style since the start of his career.

This mystery play opera set to a libretto by Béla Balázs dissects concepts of solitude, secrets, gaining familiarity with another person, the urge to possess, jealousy and loneliness in a magical mix of styles that, following the psychoanalysing artistic vogue of the early 20th century, incorporates elements of Romanticism, folk traditions, art nouveau and symbolism. Ildikó Komlósi and Krisztián Cser are both seasoned and successful performers of their respective roles.

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