Erdődy Chamber Orchestra
'The Poles and the Hungarians are good friends: they fight together and drink wine together.' The affinity between the two peoples is of long standing, and similarly deep-rooted is the attention and mutual respect that they show for each other's cultural riches. In this concert, 20th- and 21st-century Polish and Hungarian works for chamber orchestra, written by members of several different generations, will 'link arms'.
The fact that they are playing the two Polish compositions that bookend this concert programme is an important gesture, for their composers have thus far received scantier attention in Hungary than the activities of their contemporaries have. The Holocaust survivor Simon Laks was born a Russian citizen in 1901 and studied in Warsaw, but lived in France between the world wars. He also died there, as a French citizen, in 1983. Vojciech Kilar (1932-2013), by contrast, three decades younger than Laks and the composer of many successful film scores, serves as a symbol of all those who remained in their homeland. The three Hungarian composers in the programme - Miklós Rózsa, György Orbán and Levente Gyöngyösi - represent three different generations.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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