This piece presumably was inspired by Watteau’s painting titled The Embarkation for Cythera. According to mythology this Greek island is the birthplace of Aphrodite and has become famous as the island of eternal spring and happiness. This piece was composed by Debussy in 1903 and then completely reworked in 1904 on the island of Jersey; thus, aspects of his private life cannot be exluded either. The composer arrived to Jersey for a romantic journey, namely with Emma Bardac, a banker’s music lover wife whose son had been his piano student. Their relationship became public in 1904 and they were hiding for a while on Jersey to escape from the inconveniences of divorce and the anger of their families and friends. At Balázs Fülei’s solo recital on December 1st at the Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria this piece will introduce – beyond Miroirs by Ravel and Prélude, choral and fugue by César Franck – Balázs Fülei’s concert series focussing on French composers throughout the year.
Debussy and Emma
„Béla Bartók has a mysterious personality. He is an assertive and petulant artist, a touchingly caring father, a shy lover, a witty storyteller, uncompromising in his artistic goals, a sharp-eyed and sarcastic observer and a true patriot. Reading Bartók’s texts is a real challenge for an actor.” – writes András Bálint in the preface of the programme booklet of the Viva Bartók! performance. Balázs Fülei’s and András Bálint’s last letter concert this year can be seen at the Radnóti Theatre on December 9th.
Photo by: Bea Szokodi
KODÁLY AT GALYATETŐ
Kodály, a passionate hiker, was touring the Mátra mountains for more than sixty years. The Grandhotel at Galyatető was the base for his tours: the excursions started and then ended there. The piano he played and the pictures of his memories at the Mátra are preserved in the Kodály Memorial Hall of the hotel where Balázs Fülei has launched a series of concerts this April. The closing concert of the series – one of the last events of the Kodály Memorial Year commemorating the 135th anniversary of the composer’s birth and the 50th anniversary of his death - will be held on December 2nd.
Balázs Fülei’s concert at the Kodály Memorial Hall in April
ADVENT CONCERTS IN THE HISTORIC REGION OF UPPER HUNGARY
The aging Liszt’s 12-piece suite titled Christmas Tree (Weihnachtsbaum) depicts the intimate atmosphere of the holiday, as well as the sense of loneliness and passing. Liszt has composed this piece for one of his grandchildren, the sixteen-year-old Daniela von Bülow, who – with many years of study behind her – had already been a renowned and talented pianist. At the advent concert in Eperjes (Prešov) on December 6th three pieces of the Christmas Tree suite will be on the programme and then at Balázs Fülei’s solo recital on the following day in Kassa (Kosiče) the audience will have the opportunity to listen to works by Liszt and Kodály.
We wish you happy and peaceful holidays with the following recording of the Christmas Tree Liszt: Christmas Tree
Vienna, 1795. Haydn, a renowned composer all over Europe, in his early sixties then, had returned from England where even the royal family was trying to persuade him to stay, and finished his Piano Trio in C major. At the very same time and at the very same place, the twenty-five-year-old Beethoven who, cost what it may, was willing to learn from Haydn, the composer-monarch, finished his Piano Trio in C minor. And Vienna again, more than thirty years later, in 1827. The ill Franz Schubert suffering from severe physical and mental pains, composed his Piano Trio in E flat major. A year later when he had given up the fight, he was buried near Beethoven who had been his idol throughout his life. The above mentioned three piano trios, also connected to one another this way, will be on the programme of the next concert of the Auer Trio at FUGA on December 3rd.