LETTER CONCERT BY ANDRÁS BÁLINT AND BALÁZS FÜLEI
„It is hard to find a more mysterious man in the 20th century than Bartók. It is still a mystery to me what it would be like to meet him; even if I have seen a lot of photos and have read a lot about him I can't imagine encountering him in the street. It is interesting because I could easily imagine that situation with Franz Liszt, for instance; perhaps because he had lived a more outwardly open life. From this aspect Bartók is full of secrets for outsiders, but perhaps was far more intimate with his family members than any of us”– has written Balázs Fülei in the preface of a new production being his brainchild and him also being one of the participants in it. Viva Bartók is an unconventional performance with an unconventional genre: the letter concert revives Bartók's two different voices, András Bálint will read his letters and Balázs Fülei will play his pieces. The premiere will be held at the Radnóti Theatre on September 26th directed by Judit Galgóczy.
While alive, he was even more popular than Mozart and was invited by Katherine, the tsarina of Russia to be her court conductor to Petersburg and then by Napoleon to Paris. The premiere night of his opera titled Nina – according to reminiscences – was such an elated experience for the audience that they were shouting, crying or sitting shocked wordlessly and unable to move out of the auditorium. The professional and private life of the crackerjack composer with his bright blue eyes was also full of adventures; once he even got imprisoned because he had failed to keep a written promise of marriage. The composer was born in Taranto in 1740 and every year there is a festival in his hometown dedicated to him. In the festival's programme this year, on September 20th, the audience will have the opportunity to listen to a solo recital by Balázs Fülei playing Paisiello's sonatas and works by Purcell, Zipoli, Mozart and Schubert as well.
The Auer Trio will be introduced in Warsaw on September 22nd and 23rd by playing the Piano trio in G major (all'Ongarese) by Haydn, as well as pieces by Liszt, Bartók, Kodály, Chopin and Lutosławski. The new formation was etablished a year ago by Péter Kováts, István Varga and Balázs Fülei. Last time the audience could hear the three musicians in August, at the opening concert of the Auer Festival. The trio has received an invitation for a concert in Rome in October.
Gustav Mahler's widow, Alma Mahler-Werfel packed up all the manuscripts and notes of his husband into a suitcase after the Anschluss to take it with her to the immigration to New York. In order to be able to board a ship departing from Lisbon, the small group – with Heinrich Mann among them – had to walk several kilometers on mountain trails at the French-Spanish border. Alma, being already rather old at the time, was unwaveringly carrying the suitcase – she wanted to have Mahler's legacy in safety. The manuscripts, among them the Piano Quartet in A minor, are still held at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. This piece, having such a romantic fate will also be played by Balázs Fülei and the artists of the Hungarian State Opera within the framework of the orchestra's traditional chamber music series at their concert on September 9th at the Erkel Theatre.
He was so deeply touched by the works of Debussy and Manuel de Falla that for a while he was preparing to become a musician. Federico Garcia Lorca first had become an enthusiastic discipline respecting de Falla as his master, then they became close friends. When in the summer of 1936, at the beginning of the civil war Franco's men took away Lorca, de Falla, being apolitical until then, moved heaven and earth to free his friend – unfortunately, without success. At the Lorca memorial evening on September 25th at MÜPA his writings and his folk song adaptations will be heard and Balázs Fülei will play pieces by Debussy and de Falla, having such a deep effect on the Spanish poet and playwright.