Kristóf Baráti and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
We would like, even during this extraordinary situation, for the Müpa Budapest audience to still be able to encounter the world's most outstanding and thrilling artists each evening - this time in their own homes. It is precisely for this reason that we have decided to unlock our media library for everyone over the weeks to come and - each night at the familiar times - open Müpa Budapest's virtual concert hall and auditoriums by providing access to a single unforgettable performance from past years.
Hungary's most distinguished chamber orchestra, founded in 1963 by the legendary Frigyes Sándor, has regularly given concerts - and made more than 200 recordings so far - with the greatest musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. At this concert, the orchestra is joined by the Kossuth Prize-winning Kristóf Baráti, the violinist whose playing was described by a critic of the prestigious British classical music magazine Gramophone as equal in poise to Heifetz, but with greater subtlety in tone, colour and emotional inflection.
Baráti's artistic profile is characterised by a rare pairing of sparkling virtuosity and profound musicality, and this is reflected in a concert programme that promises a number of musical treats. Besides the young Joseph Haydn's Violin Concerto in C major, which the composer wrote for the concertmaster of the Esterházy court orchestra, we will hear music evoking nature: three concertos by Vivaldi.
Composer and violinist Eugène Ysaÿe was a contemporary of Jenő Hubay, whose devilishly difficult violin sonatas have been recorded by Baráti, and whose piece inspired by the famous refrain of a ballade by Villon ('Where are the snows of yesteryear?') is featured here. From the pen of Camille Saint-Saëns comes a suitably bravura piece composed for Pablo de Sarasate, a phenomenal violinist known for his astonishing virtuosity.
This recording was made at a concert held at Müpa Budapest on 18 January 2017.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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