Beethoven in Buda

I’ve just received information about a number of very worthy concerts in Budapest, Hungary, but I have to admit it was too late in the first case: tickets to the concert of the Bogányi family and the New Budapest Chamber Orchestra at the Budapest Academy of Music on 15th May have already been sold out. A great pity that we have to miss such a rare concert, where five siblings perform on different instruments in the same concert, among them perhaps the best pianist of the younger generation of Hungarian pianists, Bogányi Gergely. I wouldn’t really care about the programme comprising Purcell, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Puccini, Vivaldi and Weber, but it would still be a very special evening.

To commemorate a concert Beethoven himself gave in Buda on 7th May, 1900, a month after the premiere of his first symphony, a small series of concerts are in the first week of May. The world-famous pianist, Malcom Bilson gives a recital in the great hall of the Hungarian Academy in the Castle on 5th May, performing pieces by Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin.

On Saturday, 7th May, the popular Hungarian pianist, Vásáry Tamás performs sonatas by Beethoven (Pathetique, Mondschein, Les adieux and Appassionata), then on Sunday, 8th May, Beethoven piano concertos can be heard in the performance of musicians who won this year’s cadenza-competition. On program are the first two concertos, the Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in B-flat major, WoO 6, and the rare Concerto composed in his youth in B-flat major, WoO 4.

I’m not aware whether tickets are still available for any of these three concerts but they certainly are worth a try.

The last concert is still available, though I’m not quite sure if it should be labelled as opera or concert: Verdi’s Othello is performed at the Margit-szigeti Open-air Stage in Budapest on 29th and 31st July with a single singer named. But that is Rost Andrea, the best Hungarian soprano still really active among the best ones. As no other singers are named, I’d have to suppose it’s going to be a concert recital of the opera, except that without anyone for Othello, it’ll be a strange concert. Still, if Rost Andrea sings, it doesn’t really matter who the other singers are, it is worth getting a ticket on either of the evening. Hope you can get yours in time too.

by P.S.