The Church of St. Lawrence (Kostel sv. Vavřince) in Prague built in the 11th century - the garden of which served as an execution site in the Middle Ages – is used for far quieter functions today: it has become an ideal concert venue. The space will be filled with Allegro Barbaro and other Bartók piano pieces on the evening of November 2nd at Balázs Fülei's solo recital, proving, among other things, that a church built eight hundred years earlier can be a perfect medium for pieces composed in the early 20th century.


The third piece in the series of Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses, The Blessing of God in Solitude inspired by the poem of Alphonse de Lamartine was one of Liszt's most favoured own compositions he often was playing in the company of his friends, too. This piece – somewhere in the spheres where love and praising of God are one and the same – will close Balázs Fülei's Liszt evening and, at the same time, the programmes of the Misericordia installation on November 9th at the Hungarian Academy in Rome.


What are Hungarians like? - a question usually inducing myriads of answers. So many adjectives, so many situations that János Lackfi, in order to answer this single question, has written three books.  On November 10th at the Óbudai Társaskör he will read excerpts from his first book called 'Homo Hungaricus' and has asked Balázs Fülei to play a piece by a Hungarian composer or just improvise after each excerpt - in accordance with his ideas best  fitting the atmosphere of the text.


Mozart has composed the Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C major for himself and one of his talented – and, in addition, very charming  – student, Franziska von Jacquin. Franziska and Gottfried, the children of the famous Viennese professor of botany, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, belonged to the composer's narrow circle of friends. In 1787 Mozart sent the piece to Gottfried with the following words: "Be so good as to give this sonata to your sister, Franziska with my compliments. Tell her, however, that it is rather difficult". The Sonata in C major will be played by Balázs Fülei and Balázs Demény at the concert arranged for the 260th anniversary of Mozart's and for the 135th anniversary of Bartók's birth on November 29th at the Academy of Music at Cluj-Napoca. This piece will be followed by Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D major and then Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.

Franziska von Jaquin


In mid-October Balázs Réti and Balázs Fülei had a concert with the Philharmonic of Cluj-Napoca playing concertos of Bach and Mozart for piano four hands and two pianos. Gabriella Kulcsár has written a review in the journal 'Szabadság' on this very successful evening. Please find a quote of her review below referring to Bach's Piano Concerto in D minor:

"Balázs Fülei's and Balázs Réti's piano playing was so adjusted to each other as the fruit to the kernel. The four hands on two pianos were so attuned to each other that for moments I felt as if there was only one instrument playing; at other times brilliant conversations were evolving between the two pianos. The dialogue between the two pianos and the orchestra was just as refined and smooth as between themselves. Their performance was characterized by stylish elegance, baroque virtuosity and the harmony of sense and sensibility."


The audience is usually fervently curious to see events known for them but taking place behind close doors: for instance, a rehearsal or a masterclass. In October Balázs Fülei held a piano and chamber music masterclass at the Faculty of Music at the University of Szeged. Several moments of this masterclass have been recorded by Szeged TV.

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