Szőke Tibor Master Serien No. 2
FEBRUARY 21, 2019
THURSDAY 7:30 PM
Mozart: Piano Concerto in C major, K. 503
Bartók: Blue Beard’s Castle
Zoltán Fejérvári (piano)
Ildikó Komlósi (soprano)
István Kovács (bass)
This concert is a parade of stars. Charles Dutoit, who is already over 80, is among the most famous conductors in the world. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, and studied in Geneva, where his shining career began after winning the conductor competition there. Following some times in Zurich and Bern, he served as the primary conductor at the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra for 25 years. He then worked as music director in Philadelphia, the French National Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.
Our another guest star is Ildikó Komlósi, who has sung at La Scala in Milan and many other opera houses in the world. She has appeared as Judith in Bartók’s Blue Beard’s Castle several hundred times, so no wonder why this figure has been identified with her all over the world. As a young pianist, Zoltán Fejérváry has had great success since his first appearance on the concert podium. Tonight he plays one of the last, and among the greatest, piano concertos of Mozart.
The only opera of Bartók delves into the eternal question: is there a genuine, ever lasting relationship between man and woman even if secrets are held deep in their memories? The 100th anniversary of the Blue Beard’s premiere is commemorated this year. It is going to be exciting to see this masterpiece in the performance of two great Hungarian singers and an internationally renowned conductor raised in French traditions.