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. 

The Piano Concerto in E flat major was born in the house at Ballgasse No. 4.


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.



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:

„In the first half of the programme Dohnányi's Piano Concerto in E minor was played by Balázs Fülei while after the break we could hear Schumann's Symphony No. 2. The evening was conducted by Gábor Hollerung. It is a serious season start with a programme inevitably demanding a lot of rehearsals. Dohnányi's Piano Concerto is not an easy piece to conquer – the soloist has a unique task to perform: has to play the technically difficult part so securely that the audience should not feel the difficulty of the task, should not acknowledge the pianist's preparedness but should feel the pure joy of this elegant music. As Dohnányi's music  will be (and, in fact, will only be) effective if it is in the performer's blood to an extent when its charming aspect is able to prevail as a determining feature. Balázs Fülei is temperamentally ideal to be the soloist of this work: he is in the possession of the empathy that enables him to play romantic feelings sincerely. As a result, he is able to make us feel emotional depths without caricaturing them. It is true, there is not even time for exteriority because of the amount to be played – there is rather more for the elemental joy it means to him playing together with the orchestra (it is not an excerpt from an interview but my conclusion on the basis of his interpretation).”

                                                                                         (Zenekar, XXIII/6. )

Fülei Balázs


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. 


Fülei Balázs

Issued by: Management Balázs Fülei
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