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Rising Stars

Rising Stars

Iván Fischer introduces
young conductors

Making space for talents

Young people, eager to show themselves, full of energy, sensitivity and curiosity. During the 2016-17 season, Iván Fischer gives three conductors already closely connected to the BFO the opportunity of making their Hungarian debuts by leading the Festival Orchestra. In November, Gergely Dubóczky from Hungary and in April, France’s Victor Aviat and the Australian Vladimir Fanshil, will stand in the limelight on the stage of the Liszt Academy.

Next: Victor Aviat

A personal recommendation by the conductor

Spring blooms forth! Knowing that Arthur Honegger had suffered from a serious illness (coronary thrombosis) the year before composing his concerto da camera, one deeply understands the contemporary comparison of the last movement to « a prayer of thanksgiving tinged with the quiet gratitude of one who has recently survived an almost fatal illness ». The whole concerto is lulled by a meditative calmness and a feeling of proximity to nature, a rather deep and introvert celebration of life. A piece to which Robert Schumann’s spring symphony would be the perfect extrovert sister « O, turn, O turn and change your course / In the valley, Spring blooms forth! ». Inspired by Adolf Böttger’s poems Liebesfrühling and Frühlingsgedicht, Schumann sketched his symphony in only four days in January 1841. His music is very joyful and contains as much love as the spring can give! Equally to Schumann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his 36th symphony in a hurry in the first four days of November 1783 in Linz to accommodate the local count’s announcement. Both symphonies are speaking to each other. Mozart is looking for an evening serenade in his slow movement while Schumann’s orchestration and musical language demands a very classical way of interpretation.

Vladimir Fanshil

A personal recommendation by the conductor

The first of which is Glinka’s Valse Fantasie – the original Russian grand-waltz. For Glinka and then later all Russian composers the Waltz is not simply a dance but a very personal means of expression within which melancholy, love, jealousy, charm and many other emotions could be expressed. What I love about Prokofiev’s music is that it is light and playful, yet always with an apparent depth. He was able to be grotesque whilst at the same time comical, lyrical and sarcastic. It is within this duality that the genius of Prokofiev lives.Similarly, Mozart’s music is the pinnacle of youthful expression who, like Prokofiev also loved to poke fun and pull faces. I believe these two child prodigies are bound by their wit and genius, always managing to stay young in their music.


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