I’m afraid I have to start by telling my dear readers about a recent loss in the Hungarian (and world) music life: Zoltán Kocsis, one of the best pianists in the world, a professor at the Hungarian Academy of Music, teacher, conductor, music director of the Hungarian National Philharmonics, died on 6th November.
I heard him last just a few years ago at a concert, but the last couple of years he struggled with his health. As I practically grew up with him and several budding geniuses of my childhood years, I feel a part of my has gone.
In honour of his memory, an interesting concert takes place at 19:30 in the National Concert Hall (MUPA) in Budapest on 18th November. Beside Brahms’ Second Symphony, the really interesting piece to be performed is going to be F. Busoni’s Piano Concerto Op. 39 in the rendering of Kun Woo Paik, a Korean pianist living in Paris, who was born 6 years before Kocsis. I’ve just met him as a pianist listening to this same piece on YouTube and I liked it very much. In actual fact, although I don’t like the Busoni concert as much as Dohnanyi or Bortkiewicz (see my earlier posts about Piano Concertos Almost Forgotten), I’d love to listen to anyone willing to play such a rare piece at such an important event.
The other interesting concert takes place at the same venue just a day later, at 20:00 on 19th November. At that concert, Ravi Shankar’s famous second daughter, Anoushka Shankar plays Indian sitar music of her latest album, Land of Gold. A very refined musician with an open mind to various musical worlds, I’m sure those able to get to her concert this coming Saturday will be treated to a very emotional evening as this material is about a lot of human tragedies. Brace yourself for catharsis.
Those who can’t make it to Budapest, could still buy tickets to her concerts of the following days in Innsbruck, Zurich or Geneve under the last link.