Concerto Budapest last gave a concert at the Index in October. On the evening of October 23, we could see and hear the closing concert of the festive, all-day program series prepared for the Hungarian Treasures from the Academy of Music, which was dedicated to the memory of the Hungarian poet of Transylvania, Géza Szőcs, winner of the Concerto Budapest.
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 by the 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 that God may survive, and so do our loved ones … then music gives something like nothing else in the world.
The concerts, which will 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. Berthoven Day was dedicated to the memory of Annie Fischer, a legendary Hungarian Beethoven interpreter, at Concerto Budapest.
It was also a moment in the history of the media at the Index, when it broadcast the Concerto Budapest concerts in March this year, when 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 it and move into a world of paradise, which is the world of Mozart.
One of the highlights of the Mozart Day concert of the Index and the Concerto Budapest was the premiere in Hungary, in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s recently performed piece in Allegro in D major was performed by pianist Mihály Berecz.
At the end of May, an exciting instrument, the viola, was the focus of the Concerto Budapest charity concert. A Viva La Viola! The readers of the Index could also watch the concerts live from 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 Zoltán Kocsis, an excellent conductor who passed away at the age of sixty-four in 2016, 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 has given its concert to the International Child Rescue Service.