classical music, opera, theatre

Riccardo Frizza and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

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Serving as the chief conductor of the Hungarian Radio Art Groups from the 2022/23 concert season is the world-famous musician Riccardo Frizza. Maestro Frizza is dedicating the orchestra's April concert entirely to the spirit of his native Italy. Each of the works being performed during the evening captures the Italian temperament and sense of life, as well as the nation's virtuosity. The soloist for Rachmaninoff's variations on Paganini's famous theme will be Gergely Kovács, an outstanding young Hungarian pianist who has won awards at prestigious international competitions.

The pianist, conductor and composer Giuseppe Martucci was an exceptional creator of Italian music active in the late 19th century. His student Ottorino Respighi declared that Martucci was the father of the renewal of Italian music, or, as he put it in his own words: "One might say that the new Italian school of music was founded by Giuseppe Martucci.” The second work of the evening is the series of variations composed in 1934 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, considered one of the most important pianists of the time, to commemorate the world's most virtuosic violinist, Niccolò Paganini. The programme concludes with a ‘postcard' from Richard Strauss's 1886 tour of Italy in the form of his symphonic poem Aus Italien, which also incorporates a treatment of Luigi Denza's popular Neapolitan song Funiculì, Funiculà.

Presented by: Hungarian Radio Art Groups


  • Riccardo Frizza
  • piano
    Gergely Kovács
  • Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

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