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Instrument: Cimbalom

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AmiensRêve de Hongrie

Bartók, Haydn, Ligeti, Kurtág
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Barbara Hannigan; Luigi Gaggero

ParisKálmán Balogh

Unknown: Chants sacrés tziganes et musiques klezmer
Kálmán Balogh; Peter Bede; Ferenc Kovacs; Látó Frankie
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Jamming with Brahms and Liszt in Café Budapest

Cimbalom player Jenő Lisztes © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A trip down the Danube to old Budapest, with Iván Fischer taking the music of Brahms and Liszt back to their folk roots. 
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The Gospel According to David Robertson

Kelley O'Connor © Steve J Sherman
A performance of John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary good enough to convert even the most conservative listener to the Church of New Music.
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Fun and games open Oslo Chamber Music Festival

Leif Ove Andsnes and Håvard Gimse © Kristin Bolgård
Thursday's opening of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival showed an enticing bredth of programming, showcasing a wide array of new and old music, all performed with utter conviction.
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Newly-minted Festival Academy Budapest

Members of the Festival Academy Budapest © János Posztós
Playing repeatedly in my mind as I walked home on 24 July was the spine-chilling orchestral performance of the "Dance of the Knights" from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet in the Franz Liszt Academy’s superb Solti Hall.
***11
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Beginning with a Sneeze: The National Youth Orchestra Folk Explosion

NYO Folk Explosion
Composers have a long tradition of incorporating folk tunes into their music, and this evening’s concert by the National Youth Orchestra, with support from members of the folk group Bellowhead, really proved the point that musical genres are not separate boxes, but just points on a continuum, with no fixed boundaries.
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