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Szent István Philharmonic

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Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

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Those attending the Szent István Philharmonic's concert on 2 October will witness two separate worlds embracing two completely different eras and musical styles. This is true in spite of the fact that, despite their differences, the two composers on the programme share more similarities than just the first letter of their surnames. One example is their mutual love for Vienna, which brought a great deal of both of joy and sorrow to each of them. Another commonality was their tremendous enthusiasm for opera. Although Mahler never wrote one himself, as an opera conductor and an opera house director, his achievements in both Budapest and Vienna are still influential to this day.

Mahler was fond of of conducting Mozart's operas, including Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Alma Mahler said that her husband "signalled the Mozart renaissance to the entire world.” The Salzburgian master's concerto for flute and harp in C major was crafted in Paris in the summer of 1778 for the duke of Guînes, an accomplished flutist, and his daughter Marie-Louise-Philippine, a skilful harpist. The composition is one of Mozart's most popular concertos. Mahler wrote his cantata Song of Lamentation as he was preparing to graduate from the Vienna Conservatory. "My first work in which I can see myself as Mahler, a tale for choir, soloists and orchestra: Das klagende Lied! I regard this as my opus 1,” wrote the composer. Mahler compiled the text for the cantata from a collection of German legends: the story is based on the Brothers Grimm tale The Singing Bone, about a musician who carves a flute from a human bone he found in the forest. When he blows into it, the instrument laments in a human voice that it comes from the body of a man who was murdered by his brother out of lust for gain to seize both the widowed queen's hand in marriage and the throne. The musician reveals the misdeed at the wedding feast! The original, three-movement version of the work was first broadcast on Viennese radio in 1935, 24 years after Mahler's death, and its first public performance took place in 1970, in London, where it was conducted by Pierre Boulez to enormous acclaim. This concert at Müpa Budapest serves as compensation for a huge oversight, as now, 142 years after the work's genesis, the original version of Song of Lamentation will be presented in Hungary as well, this time including the magical movement entitled Forest tale, which was omitted from previous performances.

Presented by: Szent István Philharmonic


  • Mátyás Antal
  • soprano
    Lilla Horti
  • alto
    Katalin Gémes
  • tenor
    Tibor Szappanos
  • bass
    Zsolt Haja
  • flute
    Rózsa Ruskó
  • harp
    Franciska Schunk
  • Kodály Choir Debrecen (choirmaster: Zoltán Kocsis-Holper)
  • Honvéd Male Choir (choirmaster: Richárd Riederauer)
  • King Saint Stephen Oratorio Choir (choirmaster: Kálmán Záborszky)
  • King Saint Stephen Music High School Wind Orchestra (Orchestra leader: Pál Makovecz)

Parking information

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Refreshments – Without the Queue

Thanks to our new catering service at the Átrium Snack Bar, you can forget about waiting in line during intermissions for some refreshments and get your order prepped especially for you by the time the intermission actually starts. Find out more about pre-ordering here.

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