What childhood fear fantasies did Ligeti have…?

Requiem by Ligeti has an indescribably powerful effect on the listener and brings us to a true catharsis that stays with us for long.

Did Borodin really write Prince Igor?

Married for love, Borodin became a champion of women’s rights under the influence of his wife, the pianist Ekaterina Protapopova.

Strauss’ Zarathustra absorbs you completely

“Zarathustra was thirty years old when he left his native land and the lake of his native land and retreated to the mountains.”

The cosmic flight of sixteen swans

As we listen to the swans marching in Symphony No. 5 by Sibelius, we feel very small as part of an infinite universe.

The Miraculous Mandarin: immoral at its time, classic today

“The Mandarin will be diabolic music. The listener would be led from the turmoil of a metropolis to the tramp ranch.”

Nathan Laube: Every organ tells a different story

Nathan Laube has a deep knowledge of every single key, pedal and register of the most important European and American organs.

Korngold, the genius whom Hollywood loved but Vienna expelled

A heart attack delayed his journey back to Europe with two years. His symphonic serenade was played by the Vienna Philharmonics in 1950.

Arvo Pärt: Silence is when I am closest to God

My works are like my children – says Arvo Pärt. – I would never disown them, but am worried about some of the early pieces.

Liszt Fest: stars from Plácido Domingo to Víkingur Ólafsson

The outstanding quality, diversity of genres and richness of form that characterise Liszt’s oeuvre are fundamental to the Liszt Fest.

Sergei Krylov from Witches’ Sabbath to a naughty folk song

“Sergei Krylov is one of the five greatest violinists of our time”, wrote Mstislav Rostropovich about him.

Song of the Earth: Mahler’s wonderful message about eternity

The Song of the Earth was written in the most difficult period in Mahler’s life and is based on a collection of ancient Chinese poems.

Sleepless: gloomy yet beautiful Péter Eötvös opera in the Müpa

Péter Eötvös adapted Jon Fosse’s Trilogy. The story of precarious couple Alida and Asle is childishly innocent yet deeply sinful…

Chick Corea composed this work shortly before his death

Chick Corea was scheduled to return to Müpa Budapest in November 2021, with a piece to celebrate the institution’s 15th anniversary.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

The storming organ playing of Martin Sturm at the Liszt Fest

The youngest professor at the Weimar Academy of Music will play the magnificent, richly coloured sounding organ of the St. Teresa of Avila Parish Church.

Jazz musicians need to be as open as the genre itself! – remembering János Gonda

He did so many things that it is almost impossible to imagine how it could be only one person’s life work.

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