The Day of Listening 2019

All-day music festival in BMC by Concerto Budapest

Programme director: András Keller, music director and chief conductor of Concerto Budapest





Understanding, wonderment, profundity, discoveries and rediscoveries: this is what the Day of Listening promises the public and, indeed, the performers in what is the fourth occasion the festival has been arranged, this year on Sunday 10 November 2019. It is a tradition for music programmes on the Day of Listening to be staged in several venues at the same time, during which visitors meet András Keller, Zoltán Rácz and artists of Concerto Budapest as well as superlative soloists and chamber musicians. The one-day music event by Concerto Budapest and Budapest Music Center is designed to focus attention primarily on contemporary music and the creative knock-on influences arising between masterpieces of different ages. More than 40 works, including six world premières and five premièresin Hungary, are squeezed into 13 concerts on just a single day. The programme runs from works by Vivaldi through Beethoven via legendary contemporary artists all the way to the youngest composer generation. 

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To listen and to understand: in the course of the world premières, the public can appreciate the variation for orchestra of István Láng’s String Quartet No. 4, The Third Vertebrae, a workfor six basses by Péter Pál Józsa who passed away last year, Zoltán Jeney’s string quartet Flowing-time, a new work by Gábor Csalog entitled Five Pieces of Funeral Music, László Vidovszky’s Film Break– In memoriam Tóth János, as well as the composition 6:3 by the grouping of young composers who all graduated from the Liszt Academy in the past few years. Fans of Baroque music have creations from Vivaldi and Händel, Beethoven represents the great classics, while from among composers of the first half of the 20th century, visitors can pick from works by Ysaÿe and Richard Strauss. The festival’s five premières in Hungary parade contemporary music from the international arena with works by Steve Reich, Robert Bachmann, Caroline Shaw and Iris Szeghy. Artists of the orchestra evoke the atmosphere of the Arcus Temporum festival in Pannonhalma with two works, and there are also presentations of the hugely successful pieces Rain Spell by Takemitsu and Lonely Child by Claude Vivier. The festival concludes with the music of the grand master of pop, Elvis, care of Gábor Homoky and Old Sounds.

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11:00-12:00 CET (Local)
10:00-11:00 GMT

Beethoven: The Consecration of the House, overture, Op. 124

István Láng: String Quartet No. 4 – arrangement for string orchestra – world première

László Sáry: Tranquillity

Louis Andriessen: The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven

Concerto Budapest

Conductor: András Keller, Zoltán Rácz

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13:15-14:15 CET (Local)
12:15-13:15 GMT

Stepan Rostomyan: Symphony No. 3

György Ligeti: Bagatelles

Featuring: Orsolya Kaczander - flute, Béla Horváth - oboe, Csaba Klenyán - clarinet, Zsófia Stefán - bassoon, János Benyus - horn

Erwin Schulhoff: Piano Concerto, Op. 43

Featuring: József Balog - piano, Concerto Budapest

Conductor: Zoltán Rácz

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15:30-16:30 CET (Local)
14:30-15:30 GMT

Péter Tornyai: For the Public

Claude Vivier: Lonely Child

Featuring: Eszter Zemlényi - soprano

Steve Reich: Pulse – Hungary première

Zoltán Jeney: Agony

Featuring: Concerto Budapest

Conductor: András Keller, Zoltán Rácz

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18:00-19:00 CET (Local)

17:00-18:00 GMT

Robert Bachmann: Rotation 90° N – Hungary première

Richard Strauss: Divertimento after Couperin, Op. 86

Featuring: Concerto Budapest

Conductor: András Keller

Péter Tornyai - Balázs Horváth - Máté Balogh - Bánk Sáry - Marcell Dargay - Kornél Fekete-Kovács - Mátyás Wettl - Rezső Ott - Ákos Zarándy: 6:3 - world première

Featuring: Concerto Budapest

Conductor: András Keller, Zoltán Rácz

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20:00-21:30 CET (Local)
19:00-20:30 GMT

Giya Kancheli: Nach dem Weinem

Featuring: László Fenyő - cello

László Vidovszky: Film Break – In memoriam Tóth János  – world première

Gábor Csalog: Five Pieces of Funeral Music – world première

Featuring: Krisztián Andor - piano, Zsanett Szatzker - accordion, Concerto Budapest

Schubert: "Death and the Maiden" String Quartet No.14 in D minor, 1st movement / Keller Quartet

Schubert: String Quintet in C major, op. 163, 2nd movement

Kurtág pieces 

Beethoven: String Quartet No.16 in F major, op. 135, 3rd movement

Conductor: András Keller

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12:15-13:00 CET (Local)
11:15-12:00 GMT

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D major, RV 212

Featuring: András Keller - violin

Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in G minor, RV 495

Featuring: Zsófia Stefán - bassoon

Händel: “Amabile Belta” Concerto for Flute and English Horn

Featuring: Orsolya Kaczander - flute, Dániel Ella – English horn

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14:30-15:15 CET (Local)
13:30-14:15 GMT 

Gyula Bánkövi: Delaisement

Featuring: Orsolya Kaczander - flute

George Crumb: Black Angels

Featuring: Kruppa Quartet (Bálint Kruppa, Éva Osztrosits - violin, András Kurgyis - viola, Barnabás Baranyai - cello)

Thomas Adès: Blanca Variations

Featuring: Mihály Berecz - piano

Gyula Bánkövi: White Angels

Featuring: Kruppa Quartet

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16:45-17:45 CET (Local)
15:45-16:45 GMT

Toru Takemitsu: Rain Spell

Featuring: Orsolya Kaczander - flute, Csaba Klenyán - clarinet, Deborah Sipkay - harp, Boglárka Fábry - vibraphone, Emese Mali - piano

Sofia Gubaidulina: Garden of Joy and Sorrow

Featuring: Orsolya Kaczander - flute, Gábor Homoky - viola, Deborah Sipkay - harp

Zoltán Jeney: Flowing-time – world première

Featuring: Classicus Quartet (József Rácz, Réka Baksai - violin, Péter Tornyai - viola, Tamás Zétényi - cello)

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19:00-20:00 CET (Local)
18:00-19:00 GMT 

Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 96

Featuring: Gábor Csalog - piano, András Keller - violin

Alfred Schnittke: Piano Quintet

Featuring: Gábor Csalog - piano and Keller Quartet

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21.30-22:30 CET (Local)
20:30-21:30 GMT 

Hommage à Elvis Presley

Gábor Homoky & Old Sounds (Ernő Bangó, Kálmán Dráfi, Oszkár Németh, Jenő Varga, Imre Sárközi)




14.30-15:15 CET (Local)
13:30-14:14 GMT

Iris Szeghy: Aria – Hungary première

Featuring: Miranda Liu, Kakutani Satoko - violin, Tünde Varasdy - viola, Tamás Migróczi - cello

Iris Szeghy: Canticum – Hungary première

Featuring: Zsanett Szatzker - accordion

Ákos Zarándy: Angry Birds

Featuring: Csaba Klenyán - clarinet, Ákos Pápai – bass clarinet, Ramóna Tóth - bassoon

Graziane Finzi: Thème and Variations

Featuring: László Fenyő - cello

Katalin Pócs: Etudes

Featuring: Csaba Klenyán - clarinet


16.45-17:30 CET (Local)
15:45-16:30 GMT

Péter Pál Józsa: The Third Vertebrae – world première

Featuring: György Schweigert, Tibor Tabányi, Gyula Lázár, Dezső Csoport, Zoltán Pető, László Illés - bass

Kagel: Piano Trio No. 1

Featuring: Mihály Berecz - piano, Bálint Kruppa - violin, Barnabás Baranyai - cello


19.00-20:00 CET (Local)
18:00-19:00 GMT

Ysaÿe: Solo Sonata No. 2

Featuring: Miranda Liu - violin

Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte – Hungary première

Featuring: Lisa Romain, Réka Baksai - violin, Adrienn Barát - viola, Eszter Karasszon - cello

Levente Gyöngyösi: Sonata 

Featuring: Gábor Devecsai - trumpet, Ákos Takács - cello, Emese Mali - piano

Máté Balogh: Si King Songs 

Featuring: Anna Molnár - vocals, János Nevelő - percussion