In our era of globalisation when travel is incomparably easier and faster than ever before, we've entered a golden age of international orchestras with hand-picked musicians. We know of a few such orchestras, each one as outstanding as the next. Among them is an orchestra that performed at the Müpa Budapest Early Music Festival, and which only a couple of years ago had a different name.
'Joseph Haydn and his milieu: forebears and followers' is how the orchestra's Budapest performance programme could be described. Gregor Joseph Werner, composer of the concert-opening Three Fugues, was born nearly four decades before Haydn, and was his predecessor in the court of the Esterházy family. Ignaz Pleyel began his studies as a pupil of Haydn in 1772 in Eisenstadt (Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn presumably takes its basic melody from one of his compositions). The programme is further embellished by Nicholas Altstaedt taking the stage not only as a conductor, but also as soloist for Haydn's extremely popular Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major.
The concert will be preceded, at 6 pm, by an introductory presentation by Gergely Fazekas entitled Prelude in the Auditorium, which will be open to anyone holding a ticket for the performance.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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