classical music, opera, theatre

Special Guest: Lawrence Foster

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

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An exceptional meeting and musical celebration: the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to host the greatly esteemed and internationally acclaimed 81-year-old American maestro Lawrence Foster. World-class conductors deserve world-class soloists: violinist Kristóf Baráti and cellist István Várdai are familiar figures not only to the Hungarian audience, they are enthusiastically received all over the world. And the three works on the programme? Each contains a reference…

The Los Angeles-born conductor once served as Zubin Mehta's assistant and over the course of his long and successful career has presided over numerous wonderful orchestras in America and Europe, ranging from Houston and Aspen to Monte Carlo, Lausanne, Jerusalem, Lisbon, Montpellier, Marseille and Warsaw. Of Romanian heritage, he is highly regarded as an interpreter of the work of George Enescu. This is why we will get to hear the First Romanian Rhapsody, one of the composer's most popular works, at the beginning of the concert. Also symbolic, however, is Miklós Rózsa's (1958-1963) Sinfonia concertanté (written for Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky), as the double concerto by the Budapest-born musician who became a three-time Oscar-winning American film composer embodies a meeting between Hungary and America on this evening. Foster, incidentally, is also fond of conducting Hungarian music, having made recordings of works by Kodály, Bartók and Ligeti. The way to listen to the closing number, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, however, is as an extra bonus from this grand master of mixing orchestral colours and dramaturgical effects: the immortal Russian Romantic's melodies, heightening tensions and climaxes give Foster every opportunity to inspire the most beautiful music possible.

Presented by: Hungarian National Philharmonic


  • Lawrence Foster
  • violin
    Kristóf Baráti
  • cello
    István Várdai
  • Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

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