McLaughlin Guitar Concerto – Hungarian premiere
MilhaudLe Bœuf sur le toit, op.58
Snétberger Rhapsody No.3
DukasThe Sorcerer's Apprentice
Featuring Ferenc Snétberger guitar
Conductor András Keller
Ferenc Snétberger and French music feature on the programme of the concert where this exemplary guitarist and humanist is in the spotlight of the performance of two works. Firstly it is the turn of the ‘Mediterranean’ guitar concerto by the great British guitarist and composer John McLaughlin with orchestral accompaniment. This is the Hungary premiere of the piece written in the mid-1980s. This is followed by Ferenc Snétberger performing his own Rhapsody No. 3, evoking his own musical world in which the Roma tradition, classical music training, flamenco and jazz influences are all interwoven. The first part of the concert, French, and partly Brazilian, music is represented by Darius Milhaud’s popular and amusing orchestral piece, Le Bœuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof), since the title of the work references an old Brazilian tango. While Jean Cocteau and Carlie Chaplin can be associated with the work of Milhaud, the symphonic scherzo, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, by Paul Dukas derives from Goethe. The composition, which had its world premiere in 1897, evokes the Goethe ballad from exactly a century earlier, and in it the sorcerer’s apprentice who brings the magic broom to life but then is incapable of stopping it.