Next year begins with a unique program: Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D major - that has been written for left hand - is going to be played by Balázs Fülei and the Concerto Budapest conducted by Zoltán Rácz on the 13th of January, at the Great Hall of the Liszt Academy of Music. This piece has been originally written for pianist Paul Wittgenstein who has lost his right arm in World War I. Even this tragedy could not divert the philosophist Ludwig Wittgenstein’s brother from his profession – he ordered and received works exclusively written for left hand from composers such as Britten, Hindemith, Richard Strauss and Prokofiev. The Concerto in D major has been composed by Maurice Ravel, but during rehearsals they have argued so much that after the premiere in Vienna, 1922 they never met again.
ENCHANTED BY THE MOON
is the title of Balázs Fülei’s new solo album, published in the middle of December by Hungaroton. The CD contains pieces connected to the Moon by Brahms, Debussy and András Gábor Virágh. As a bonus there’s a record of Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata which however – unlike its title – has nothing to do with the Moon, the title comes from Ludwig Rellstab.
THE PIANO ON THE FOCUS
Balázs Fülei told his audience about pedals and showed typical examples from the piano repertoire at the concert in december. In the next and last part of the serie – 9th February at the Bartók Memorial House – you can hear about all those decisions a pianist has to make during a concert.
BARTÓK AND HIS PASSION FOR COLLECTING
For 2016, Bartók’s Memorial Year a DVD named "Bartók and his Passion for Collecting” will be prepared. Bartók was not only gathering folk tunes but beetles as well – part of his collection can still be seen in his last location in Budapest, at Csalán street. Balázs Fülei’s interactive concert with stories, photos, letter-parts and original gramophone records from his collecting tours will let us get to know Bartók’s personality better.
IMAGE OF LIFE AND PIANO
In his recently finished quick portrait-film Balázs Fülei talks about concert situations, preparation, teaching, himself and his connection with the Liszt Academy of Music. Life and Piano
We wish You a merry christmas with Franz Liszt’s cycle from 1875-76 called Christmas Tree. In these 12 items the aging artist composed for his first grandchild, Daniela von Bülow, he is showing his sometimes childishly gentle, sometimes sad face. It is a truly special serie in Liszt’s life: ennobling simplicity through all innovations and musical revolutions. The first eight pieces spread the athmosphere of family and unity, the last four give us a feeling of a lonely meditation. Liszt: Weihnachtsbaum
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