Concerto Budapest gave a concert on the Index again. On the evening of October 23, 2021 about the Academy of Music We could see and hear the closing concert of the festive, all-day program series of the Hungarian Treasures, which was dedicated to the memory of the Concerto Budapest Kossuth Prize winner Géza Szőcs and the Hungarian poet Attila József from Transylvania.
The Hungarian Treasures series was dreamed up in 2016 by András Keller, the music director of the Concerto Budapest Liszt and Bartók-Pásztory Prize and the Kossuth Prize. The theme of this includes not only the works of romantic and contemporary Hungarian music, but according to the authors of the music program series
the world of folk music or the hit melodies of the Vienna-Budapest operettas, as well as the musical treasures that are mostly to be discovered, with which the inherited composers who emigrated from twentieth-century Hungary enriched our national and universal sound.
If someone has missed the current concert, or the devil of technology could not fully enjoy the broadcast, or just wants to relive it, you can listen to the celebration of the Concerto Budapest by clicking here. You can read more about the music in the article.
The staff of the broadcast
Artistic Director: András Keller; Producer: Dr. Péter Edvi; Editor: Esther White; Production manager: Gergely Lakatos; Lead operator: Nika Jancsó; Picture director: András Komlós; Creative producer: Szabó Stein Imre
Index and Concerto Budapest have been working together on several occasions to get classical music to as many readers and listeners as possible, so that listening to music is an experience. Last fall, during the quarantine, it was a media history event where our readers were able to watch three Beethoven concerts in a single day from the Great Hall of the Academy of Music, all live minute by minute. Conductor András Keller, violinist and music director of the band, then recommended the concerts with these words:
To be comforted in these terrible times.
Whenever we pray to Lord God, we can survive, and so can our loved ones … then music gives something like nothing else in the world.
The concerts, to be heard on November 28, 2020, were broadcast in honor of Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born 250 years ago, with the participation of several world-famous musicians. Beethoven Day was dedicated by Concerto Budapest to the memory of a legendary Hungarian Beethoven interpreter, Annie Fischer.
Mozart on the Index
It was also a moment of media history on the Index, when in March of this year it broadcast the concert of Concerto Budapest, at which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s hitherto unknown piano piece was performed for the first time in Hungary. The Austrian composer presumably put the double-sided sheet on paper at the age of 17, in early 1773, on his third trip to Italy or shortly after returning home to Salzburg.
This concert was already in place during the spring restrictions, due to the Covid epidemic, it was probably the last live classical music broadcast in Hungary before Easter. András Keller said to the Index about this concert:
We are in this terrible world of Covid, when we interpret the works of a great composer, we must be able to step out of this and move into a world of paradise, which is the world of Mozart.
You can read more about the Mozart Day concert of the Index and the Concerto Budapest – which is broadcast live minute by minute – here. One of the highlights of the day was the Hungarian premiere, in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s recently unveiled piece in D major, about one and a half minutes long, was performed by pianist Mihály Berecz.
Focus on the viola
At the end of May, an exciting instrument, the viola, was the focus of the Concerto Budapest charity concert, and the concert could also be watched live by Index readers. A Viva La Viola! The readers of the Index could also watch the concerts of the Budapest Music Center live by the minute.
The band led by András Keller put together their special music program for May 30, because this day is the birthday of the excellent conductor, Zoltán Kocsis, who died in 2016 at the age of sixty-four, and also the day of Hungarian classical music. And since Zoltán Kocsis has been organizing charity concerts every year for more than three decades to help children and the fallen, Concerto Budapest gave its concert to the International Child Rescue Service.
Violinist András Keller, founder of the Keller Quartet, music director of Concerto Budapest, and violin professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, received the Kossuth Prize on March 15, 2021. In an interview with Index, he said, among others:
music doesn’t really have to be understood, we just have to let it become a part. When we go into nature, we walk, and it is not our worries that occupy us, but we are only when you notice the leaves or something interesting at the base of a tree, then, in those moments, we will be open to our own world and we will be richer. The problem for man today is that he doesn’t notice the world.
The full interview with András Keller can also be read by clicking here.
(Cover image: Concerto Budapest at the Academy of Music. Photo: Szilárd Koszticsák / MTI)