classical music, opera, theatre

Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra

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Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
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A concert in which everything and everyone is a discovery. Korngold's music is hardly ever heard, even though he is an exciting composer. His suite Captain Blood is completely unknown to Hungarian music-lovers. The viola concerto by the internationally renowned composer of film music John Williams promises to be a thrilling adventure, no less so than Nielsen's rarely performed Symphony No. 1 Another discovery will be the uniquely talented young Polish violist. In fact, the only aspect that won't be new is the splendid playing of the Dohnányi Orchestra...

Captain Blood was actually a successful American film from 1935, with music written by Korngold, who had become a successful Hollywood film composer after emigrating from Europe. He was attempting to adapt this to the concert stage when he transformed it into a concert suite. After hearing this composition, it will be particularly striking to listen to the work of another composer of film music, although in this case a piece that was intended for concert performance from the start: John Williams, the composer of the wonderful music used in Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and countless other world-famous films, composed his Viola Concerto in 2009, at the age of 77. The Dane Carl August Nielsen, on the other hand, was much younger when he finished his First Symphony: he was 29 in 1894 when he completed his four-movement work, which included treatments of Danish folk motifs. The winner of numerous competitions, Kinga Wojdalska graduated from London's Royal Academy of Music last year and began work on her master's degree at the Zurich University of the Arts in September. Stephanie Childress, the originally scheduled conductor, unfortunately cannot travel to Hungary due to the pandemic, so taking the podium for the evening will be Gábor Hollerung, who has led the Budafok Dohnanyi Orchestra since 1994. The ensemble's predecessor was formed in 1970, and it adopted the composer's name in 1988.

Supported by Classical Futures Europe and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

This concert is presented by Müpa Budapest and marks Hungary's presidency of the V4 Group.

The concert will be preceded from 6.30 pm by a conversation entitled Prelude, where ticket holders will be invited to get to know the performing musician and the works to be performed more closely.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • Gábor Hollerung
  • viola
    Kinga Wojdalska

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