The Power of Music – an essay by Nóra Fehér

From ancient Egyptian texts to scientifically based music therapy, the healing effect of music is part of our history, as Nóra Fehér shows.

Smetana – love, intrigue, travelling circus, beer

Bedrich Smetana was raised in the tradition of German music and only later returned to the inspiration of the Czech countryside.

Wayne Marshall and his music that crawls under our skin

Wayne Marshall doesn’t have to go far to find a variety of genres; he was involved in jazz, Broadway and church music all at the same time.

Laramie L. Bahr: One hasn’t really lived until they have faced and cheated death

Laramie L. Bahr discovered a true love for teaching, something he had done a great deal of as a soldier, but not on the same level.

Leader of The Krylov Trio is in love with Hungary

The fact that Krylov, Knyazev and Lugansky will perform together in chamber formation in Budapest is practically unprecedented.

Folk music celebration in the Müpa: 6 formations in 2 hours

Whatever the form and performance, folk music helps us to learn about and carry on our traditions and roots.folk

Béla Bartók at the bus stop ~ by Nóra Fehér

He was sitting cross-legged, grey and avuncular in a bus stop pavilion, smoking a cigarette. Béla Bartók at the bus stop…

Béla Zsoldos: there is always emotion in my pieces

The instruments Béla Zsoldos plays include classical percussive instruments, jazz vibraphone, percussion and drums.

A Barenboim family concert featuring Mozart

There are many ways to play Mozart, but for me one of the most authentic interpretations has always been the legendary Daniel Barenboim.

Ton Koopman comes with the mysterious Mass in B minor

“The most colourful work one can imagine” – says Ton Koopman who has an almost childlike enthusiasm for Bach’s art.

Kusturica brings a brutally awesome concert to the Müpa

Music has always played an important role in Kusturica’s films, but his relationship with music really took a serious turn later.

Dóra Pétery: I had a strange feeling while practising the first movement

Munch’s most famous painting appeared before me with a French ‘colour scheme’ – says organist Dóra Pétery.

David Fray will play Beethoven in Budapest after 7 years

Some compare him to Glenn Gould, others contrast David Fray’s wild, life-affirming liberality with Gould’s precise, ascetic profundity.

Bartók Spring comes with a Bosch exhibition and special premieres

Although we are just entering winter, Müpa Budapest is already preparing for its 2nd Bartók Spring International Art Weeks.

Duruflé – Bach – Szathmáry: hear the organ with 6,804 pipes!

Duruflé: “This Requiem is not an ethereal work. It reflects the anguish of man confronted with the mystery of his destiny.”

László Kollár-Klemencz: I don’t want to be a retro concert musician

It is important to deal with songs with a progressive approach, while respecting the values of old music – says László Kollár-Klemencz.

Lucrezia Borgia rules over life and death – says director Ferenc Anger

In fact, Lucrezia Borgia is a Renaissance person who combines the sciences and the arts. A semi-staged opera in the Müpa.

Lost his son, could never move on: an astonishing and tragic life

The pianist described himself as a man who had set out from shocking poverty to conquer the world’s music stages.

The Sounds of Freedom are coming to be heard

The three highly impressive and captivating works will be performed by Gábor Hollerung and the Budafok Dohnányi Orchestra at the Liszt Fest.

Franz Liszt: “the concert is me!” – Passionate rhapsodies on stage

Gypsy music, which Liszt described as unusual and daring at the time, is an exquisite source of inspiration for the genre of rhapsody.

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