„WE HAVE NOT EVEN EATABLE BREAD…”
Beethoven has composed his fifth, and, at the same time his last Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major in lean times, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars in Vienna occupied by French troups. The citizens tried to survive in worsening conditions and Beethoven's initial enthusiasm was replaced by unambigous rejection. As he wrote to Leipzig in September, 1809: „we have been in constant lack of money – goddamned war!” In January, 1810 he complained: „we have not even eatable bread.” On January 30, 1810 the imperial family having fled earlier from French troops returned to Vienna. Beethoven was so glad to have back his student and mentor, Archduke Rudolph, that he dedicated his Piano Concerto in E flat major to him. The „semi-official” world premiere was held on January 13th, 1811 in the Viennese palace of Prince Lobkowitz with Archduke Rudolph at the piano. The Piano Concerto in E flat major will be played by Balázs Fülei with the Duna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ádám Medveczky.
WHAT ELSE ARE HUNGARIANS LIKE? HOMO HUNGARICUS 2
Another evening with János Lackfi and Balázs Fülei will be held at Óbudai Társaskör on January 16th with delicacies exclusively characteristic of Hungarians and the Hungarian language. The author will read excerpts of his book "What else are Hungarians like?" while Balázs Fülei will perfom pieces by Hungarian composers.
THE AFTERLIFE OF DOHNÁNYI'S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1.
Balázs Fülei played Dohnányi's Piano Concerto in E minor in September with the Dohnányi Orchestra of Budafok. Here is an excerpt of the review by Katalin Fittler on the concert held at the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy:
(Zenekar, XXIII/6. )
CONCERT TOUR IN VIETNAM
In the middle of December Balázs Fülei has given two concerts in Vietnam: in Hanoi he has brought Bartók's works closer to the Vietnamese audience, then in Ho Chi Minh City he has played pieces by Liszt, Bartók and Kodály.
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