Sunday 16 January 2011


Budapest Festival Orchestra

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.92 (Oxford)
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.6 (Pastoral)

Known for their direct, spontaneous way of playing, the Budapest Festival Orchestra performs a colourful programme of symphonic classics under the baton of co-founder, Iván Fischer, celebrated for his originality and sense of 'event'.

Haydn's Symphony No.92 (Oxford), written in 1789, is an example of the composer's mastery of the Classical symphony, creating a work brimming with warm, lyrical episodes, elegant melodies and exuberant rhythms. Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1, is a more passionate affair, and the perfect vehicle to show off a virtuoso's skills through a blistering array of pianistic fireworks.

Beethoven titled his Pastoral Symphony No.6, 'Recollections of Country Life' in the programme notes for the work's first performance in 1808. Although he claimed this symphony is 'a matter more of feeling than of painting in sounds', the vividly descriptive passages indicate bird song and the sounds of a violent thunderstorm.

To launch the joint celebrations marking the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Council and the Liszt Bicentenary, The Embassy of the Republic of Hungary and the Hungarian Cultural Centre are proud to support the Budapest Festival Orchestra in concert at Royal Festival Hall.

Royal Festival Hall at 6pm - Maestro Iván Fischer is interviewed by James Jolly, editor in chief of Gramophone magazine and BBC Radio 3. This discussion is open to all and is supported by the British Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFOBFO).


Iván Fischer conductor
Stephen Hough piano

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