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Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer: Haydn, Britten, MacMillan
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About this event
The Bridging Europe Festival of classical music was created through the initiative of the prominent Hungarian conductor and composer Iván Fischer (co-founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra) in collaboration with the Müpa Budapest. Each year, the Festival focuses on the culture of a different European country. In 2020, the Festival brings music from England, Wales and Scotland together through the works of Haydn, Britten and MacMillan.
Haydn, much admired in London, composed the programmed March in honor of the Prince of Wales, successor to the British throne. The interludes from Britten’s opera Peter Grimes tell us of the sea, while the Serenade includes poems by famous English poets including Tennyson, Blake and Keats, set to music. James MacMillan’s piece is reminiscent of Scottish folk dances, featuring pianist Dávid Báll, while Haydn’s last symphony - known as the “London” Symphony - was created in and nicknamed in celebration of the city. This programme exemplifies the rich cultural heritage that has always characterized the United Kingdom.
The songs in Britten’s Serenade are performed by British tenor Andrew Staples, a former student of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Zoltán Szőke, principal horn of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, is also featured as a soloist on the piece. Narrator Szilvia Becze will provide English dialogue for the concert.
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The concert is part of the Bridging Europe festival, the joint production of the BFO and Müpa Budapest.
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, Conductor
Andrew Staples, Tenor
Zoltán Szőke, French Horn
Dávid Báll, Piano
Szilvia Becze, Narrator
1. Concert – approx. 115 min programme (incl. intermission)
1. Joseph Haydn: March for the Prince of Wales, Hob. VIII:3
2. Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a
3. Benjamin Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31 (ca. 24 min.)
4. James MacMillan: Cumnock Fair
5. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major (“London”), Hob. I:104
The concert is streamed live from Müpa Budapest, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall.
Stream available to watch for 24 hours.
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